Though we don’t like it,  we expect politicians to colour at least slightly outside the lines of truth when answering hard questions, in order that they may deliver the answers they expect their audience wants to hear.  Pointing that fact out has been a primary source of material for several generations of late night talk show hosts.

Civil servants have usually been more trustworthy, but even they have a long history of disingenuousness when their career, reputation or group agenda is on the line.

This is why it has long been established that a free and open society relies on an independent, unbiased and honest media.  As a last resort, we expect journalists and reporters to hold the feet of our officials to the fire, in order to separate fact from fiction.  It helps us, the public, make better and more informed choices.  But this is no longer the case.

Let’s look at two separate instances where former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, media darling, lied.  The first case is regarding any wiretapping of the Trump campaign by the Obama administration.  If you remember, Trump was widely ridiculed by the media back in March for suggesting that his campaign was wiretapped, and Clapper was happy to pile on:

But two days ago we had this:

Hmmm, seems like a clear lie to me.  But it’s not the first time that Clapper has lied to the American people:

 

Yet despite his history of bold faced lies, James Clapper is still on news shows almost weekly, and still quoted by the New York Times and others.  Yet not one mainstream source holds his feet to the fire.

The West is Dead