“A lie ain’t a side of a story. It’s just a lie.”

This tweet from notorious xenophobe Chris Kobach has been earning a lot of appropriate derision:

No, no, no!  What Kobach is doing is make an appeal to the lowest-common-denominator form of “he said, she said” journalism.  The whole reason to watch CNN or read a newspaper is to get some meaningful grasp on objective reality.  And the objective reality could not be more clear– Kobach is being dishonest.  The CNN viewer does not have time to investigate Kobach’s (and Trump’s) claims.  They have jobs to do, kids to take care of, etc.  It is, in fact, CNN’s job to do this.   And they have investigated, and rightly determined that Trump and Kobach are lying.  And it’s their responsibility as journalists to report that to the public.

Or, as my favorite “The Wire” epigraph ever put it, “A lie ain’t a side of a story.  It’s just a lie.”

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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