The big admission is what, the White House lies at its convenience with the understanding a supplicant media will megaphone it all and shout down critics.
I have observations:
The noteworthy example is Iran, and I’m sure it’s a noble lie eh, that these maniacs be painted as moderated in some way so that we can give them nukes and money.
I feel comforted something like global warming is not susceptible to being exaggerated with noble lies, being sciency and all.
Ben Rhodes seems like a douchebag. Haven’t used that word in a long time, lest it lose its power. But it seems apropos.
He’s not a handsome devil.
I can’t imagine Denis McDonough by comparison being that douchey, his upbringing obviates that.
Figure anytime Rhodes and the WH start a spin cycle, Ezra Klein and Vox is a button they push.
In the NyTimes, Rhodes is compared to Holden Caulfield. ….Caulfield is a sympathetic character, but a comparison to him isn’t actually flattering eh. And…. the comparison seems to rest on an assumption that both Rhodes and Caulfield hated phoniness. Thing is, Rhodes is something of a phony as a duplicitous douchebag, fighting phoniness with phoniness…. I guess. The accuracy of Caulfield’s observation of phoniness in the world is in doubt, you would say, because the larger point you should take away from the book about Caulfield is he was manic depressive misanthrope, maybe a little psychotic. IE, Rhodes to Caulfield is not a comparison.
I think Douthat pointed it out…. Not a huge operative difference here between what Suskind observed in ‘reaility based community’ in 2004 re the Bush administration. Cept say, the Obama administration seems to know they can lie with impunity and a compliant press will support them.