Constructing the message with mud

Mario Loyola at NRO considers the implications in Spain’s AG: Torture Complaint against Yoo, Feith, et al ‘Fradulent’ and how lawfare is being used for propaganda.

But the ultimate truth of these allegations doesn’t matter to those who make them, any more than the truth mattered for Joe McCarthy 60 years ago. Horton, Sands, Mayer, and the rest have succeeded in hurting their targets, even if the case is now deemed “fraudulent” by Spain’s chief prosecutor. It’s worth it for them, you see, because the number of people who will find out the truth is so much smaller than the number of people who heard and believed the lies. And in the process they get to become more famous. The Internet often helps the truth come to light. But sometimes, the truth gets submerged beneath a mountain of viral falsehoods.

the number of people who will find out the truth is so much smaller than the number of people who heard and believed the lies

As in the recent release of four memorandums about torture, the intent is not so much the truth as it is the message. Those slinging mud are betting on a listener who won’t listen carefully and won’t look at what is really being said. It is political propaganda using character assignation instead of reality. Torture sounds so evil it makes a good foil. The data show the allegations a farce whether it is by some folks in Spain or the local political opposition.

There will be damage in such deceit.

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