If a store routinely cheats its customers, its customers begin to go elsewhere. If the district attorney gets wind of the cheating, a criminal prosecution can result. It’s only in the wonderful world of TV news, however, that lying and cheating seem to have very limited repercussions. People like you and me have already gone elsewhere, and the true believers are happy to buy a false product.
This little rumination is brought to you courtesy of a brand new media malfeasance story, in which ABC uses blatant lies about guns to claim that the love affair the Bush administration has with dangerous weapons is responsible for Mexico’s drug cartels (and, by extension, America’s drug problems). The Confederate Yankee has the details of the endless cascade of lies that permeate the story.