Much buzz today about the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal taking Sir Lie-a-Lot down a peg or three. Credibility may not be the easiest thing to find amongst financial district denizens, but at a certain point even they must realize that easily provable lies draw too much attention to the more sophisticated prevarications that keep that money rolling in for the wheelers and dealers.
Here is the most striking comment from a recent WSJ editorial:
The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.
Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims…
Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.
Pretty cute. At a certain base level it’s also true that few people (outside the White House) want to be associated with the inherent creepiness of pathological and totally unnecessary lie telling.