Mistruths and half-truths

Stephen Harper’s Northern Gateway pipeline parody, National Affairs Columnist Thomas Walkom, The Star

The federal government’s claim that big-money foreign interests are trying to hijack hearings into a proposed west coast oil pipeline is, at one level, high parody. It is also deeply disturbing.

…The bad foreign interests are the ones who help fund environmental critics of the pipeline. Oliver calls these bad elements “billionaire socialists … people like George Soros.”

If this weren’t a cabinet minister talking, it might be amusing. The Internet is filled with conspiracy theorists who view Soros, a self-made Hungarian-American tycoon, as evil incarnate.

The biggest rap against him seems to be that he openly opposed former U.S. president George W. Bush.

In Tea Party circles, this might count as socialism. But when a Canadian cabinet minister uses the term, he sounds — well — nuts.

And that’s the disturbing part. Harper and his minister probably aren’t nuts. But they are deliberately using mistruths and half-truths in a crude attempt to slander their environment critics.

Oliver’s statements have been particularly bizarre…

1 reply »

  1. I hate to do this, but Harper and Co. are following the Herr Goebbels method of politics:

    “If you tell a (Northern Gateway pipeline) lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The (N G pipeline) lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the (Northern Gateway pipeline) lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the (N G pipeline) lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    Herr Harper has remembered history; the problem is, have we?


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