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December 02, 2007

Reviewing National Review

You may have seen National Review has gotten in trouble for publishing some glaringly false stories about Lebanon. If not, Thomas Edsall has written up the basics here; there's also more from Glenn Greenwald and Ken Silverstein.

Now I've posted my own complaints at Mother Jones: first, about my personal experience with National Review online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez, and second, about the Arab "tendency to lie".

Posted at December 2, 2007 10:43 PM

In Islamofascist country, National Review reviews you!

Posted by: StO at December 3, 2007 07:48 AM

What really counts in life is sincerity - once you can fake that, you've got it made

Many of us have heard of musical comedian Tom Lehrer. I have spent dozens of hours in his presence - he was teaching statistics to social science students at the time. There was no piano in the room. He never burst into song. Perhaps twice during the semester he made a joke. So in passing on this joke I heard from him, I can say that I heard him repeat it word-for-word several times - because I was listening to an LP. And maybe I'm conflating it with a version in a book by George Gamow and/or Isaac Asimov. Decades later, I assert that it goes approximately like this:

Two business rivals meet in the Moscow train station. They engage in conversation.

[One asks, "How's business?" "Compared to what?" replies the other. FOR A SHORTER VERSION OMIT THIS EXCHANGE]

"Where are you going?"

"To Minsk."

"You say you are going to Minsk because you want me to think you're going to Pinsk. But I happen to know ALREADY that you ARE going to Minsk - you liar!"

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at December 3, 2007 09:11 AM

I worked on a fishing boat for almost a year for an ex-marine named Smith. He lied to me EVERY payday. What's with these Smiths.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 3, 2007 12:01 PM

Come to think of it, aren't we in Iraq because of Ahmed Chalabi's unfortunate tendency to lie? Just like those Arabs, to get us tangled up in a war based on lies.

I mean, what other possible explanation is there?

Posted by: SteveB at December 3, 2007 02:07 PM

(Insert Mickey Kaus blowing K-Lo joke here)

Posted by: Dan Coyle at December 3, 2007 02:29 PM

Closer to home, have you all noticed a mighty powerful tendency to lie among Episcopalians? In my experience with them over forty years, I'd guess about 7 in ten lied or tried to lie. What to make of it, I often wondered. Never could figure it out. Another one of the allmighty's little jokes on me, I suppose.

Posted by: donescobar at December 3, 2007 02:46 PM