Misinformation is as old as the spoken word. Especially, as it relates to obtaining or keeping power. I was made aware of the following reference from a speech made by a current US Senator that is as good example of why we must demand the truth as reported in a Newsweek article by Aila Slisco, earlier this week:
“Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that ‘misinformation’ could be a ‘great tactic’ during a speech to a group of medical school students in 2013. In a video shared to Twitter by epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding on Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican can be seen telling students that ‘misinformation works’ during an Aug. 22, 2013, lecture at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.”
Sadly, the Senator is correct. But, he should not be. We must demand more from our elected officials. It is hard enough to govern with facts, but nigh impossible when we ignore them. What I also find appalling is the Senator shared this with medical students who take an oath before becoming doctors to do no harm.
We also must demand the truth from our news and pseudo news sources on various cable and radio shows. Some actually parrot disinformation, misinformation’s more evil twin. Since it is unlikely we will hear a consistently truthful message from some of these folks, our best bet is do what Fox News management said in court about one of its stars, Tucker Carlson. In essence, they said Carlson is not part of their news team, so his opinions should not be considered as news. I would agree with Fox management on this statement.
The truth matters. Misinformation is not the truth, in spite of whether it is a good tactic per Senator Paul. Taking this a step further, it means the Senator has just informed us it is OK not to believe him.
Note to Readers: What amazes me is why would a Senator go on record to say this? I mentioned that he said it to a group of medical students, but why would he say this to any audience? It is bad enough that he does, but to tell people he does it just boggles my mind. In his distorted way of thinking, he thinks he is being clever to say he likes to lie as a strategy. I just don’t know.
Hard to believe anything he says after that comment. I am curious as to how he thinks it’s okay and in what context.
VJ, he usually is very smug looking down on people who disagree with him. I have always viewed smugness as a bullying tactic. So, with this self-confession, it gives greater reason to push back. Keith
Who can believe a thing anymore Keith!
The truth matters.
“Misinformation is not the truth!”
Cindy, it is sad to have been made to believe that. And, these politicians, opinion entertainers, and their sycophants have no one else to blame. Keith
It certainly is so true Keith! I totally agree with you!💖
Note to Readers: One of the Representatives who has been accused of being involved with the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol is Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Jordan has denied wrongdoing, but also is not cooperating with the committee. Not to say he is guilty, but he also was accused by his wrestlers of doing nothing while a coach at Ohio State University, to address the doctor who fondled the wrestlers (and hundreds of other athletes) during physical exams even for head colds or other maladies where dropping ones drawers was unneeded. Jordan denied being ever told there was a problem, but six of his wrestlers (at least one who said they admired Jordan) said Jordan is lying.
Lying becomes a habit. So, it makes it difficult to believe Jordan on pretty much any issue.
No matter what topping you put on a piece of toast — raspberry jam, peanut butter, or apple butter — it is still a piece of toast. Similarly, no matter what name is assigned to a lie — misinformation, disinformation, or a falsehood — it is still a lie and I have zero tolerance for those who lie, especially to the people they are paid to represent. For Rand Paul to tell a batch of med students that it’s okay to lie is beyond treachery. And as re Jim Jordan, there is not a doubt in my mind that he was a key player in organizing the attempted coup of January 6th, for his history at OSU is proof that he has no conscience, no morals. As I’ve said before, any who refuse to cooperate and tell what they know, obviously have something to hide. The kid who stole the cookie won’t show you his hands, but the kid who left the cookies alone will gladly show you his hands and teeth!
Agreed. Paul thought that he was being clever. Yet, he was showing us his stripes. As for Jordan, young men got hurt through his and other coaches lack of intervention on a sexual molester. I have seen some coaches there refer to the doctor in question as Dr. Feel Good. They all knew and did nothing. How many more young men were molested after Jordan chose not to act, as these six wrestlers said. Just recently, a similar story broke about a doctor at the University of Michigan. A 50 year old former football player has prostate cancer today as this doctor molested him thirty years earlier (and 1,000 more young men),, so he stopped going to the doctor. A cancer that could have been detected was not and he will likely die soon.
The story of that football player with prostrate cancer breaks my heart. And yet, nobody will be held to account for it. Tragic.
Jill, it broke mine as well. All of these sexual misconduct stories – at universities, national sports teams, Catholic church et all – have two things in common. They went on for a long time and they had people who knew that did nothing, or worse, covered it up to save the brand. In the end, more kids got hurt, and the brands suffered. Of course, the sexual predators like Weinstein, Ailes, Epstein, Cosby, et al had folks who covered things up or paid off victims. Keith
Misinformation is a powerful and dangerous tool to divide the masses. There is an entire room dedicated to it at the Holocaust Museum in DC. My question today and always is, “how do these people continue to get elected?”
Lisa, they get elected because of what Paul said, misinformation works. Look at the former president, the fact he is a well-documented untruthful person is not news, as his history has revealed that well before the election. What Trump did was turn the spotlight on Clinton’s warts and perceived warts and away from his. Keith
Isn’t it amazing that now science is called “misinformation”? And now censorship is called “protecting the public”?
Very strange. Science used to be about a conversation between people seeking knowledge and now it’s about an act of simple faith–believing the experts.
Thanks for your comment. Science also encourages continued investigation, as new information should factor into the analysis. Keith
So I guess there’s no reason for conversation and we can all just believe what Fauci tells us. No need to discuss data and methods. (Actually, most doctors don’t look at data in articles outside their specialty.)
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