Monday, December 14, 2015
No, @wapo "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" was not last year's biggest lie
Glenn Kessler -- the "fact checker" at the Washington Post -- has picked "hands up, don't shoot" as his Lie Of The Year.
That was last year's lie. Calling it a lie now does not matter. Pointing out a long discredited lie takes about as much courage as it does for Brice Jenner to put on a dress and call himself Caitlyn.
Back in 2014, when calling out the White House-sanctioned Black Lives Matter movement would have mattered -- when calling Michael D. Brown a thug was unpopular -- Glenn Kessler was silent as the second E in silence. He was not about to touch an actual controversy, rather than his own manufactured ones. Not until this March did Kessler finally look at a lie that had been repeated for seven months. When the controversy was safely over, this coward Kessler crawled out of his safe place and stuck out his tongue at the lie.
And it was not even Kessler who did the deed, but rather his partner at the Post, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, who called "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" a lie.
Better late than never? Nope. All this does is make the Washington Post look as though it speaks truth to power when it is run by cowards. The award is CYA and PR for a bunch of cowards.
And since "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" was a 2014 catchphrase, it is a lie to call it Lie of the Year for 2015.
This year's Lie of the Year is "1 in 5" college women are raped when they are in college. Expect the Washington Post to call it out next year or later.