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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Bill Moyers on The Efficacy of Lying

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On his September 12th show, Bill Moyers gives this phenomenon the metaphor it needs:
. . . news cycles once measured in hours, are now measured in minutes and second. We live inside a media hurricane, an unrelenting force of attacks and counterattacks hatched in partisan quarters and hurled into cyberspace with such velocity the poor little truth is blown away like signposts on the gulf coast. Try getting a false or misleading charge retracted once it's made. You cannot un-ring a bell. Try and you'll find yourself an "enemy of the people." One Republican official told journalists in St. Paul, "We will get with you if you keep messing with us." And as John McCain and Sarah Palin barnstormed the nation this week, crowds that came out to see them booed members of the press.

"You cannot un-ring a bell."

Thank you Bill.

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