Anderson Cooper excoriated Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), for invoking the name of Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi propagandist of WWII. Anderson’s research group erred when supporting the contention that Goebbels had coined the term.
“The Big Lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, for a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” Hitler believed the technique was used by Jews to unfairly blame Germany’s loss in World War I on German Army officer Erich Ludendorff.”
Cohen actually erred in the quote but Cooper’s non-stop attack on the political correctness of quoting ANY (apparently) Nazi appears to have missed the thesis of the argument: It is probably true that when someone presents a lie repeatedly (like on television) those with uncritical skills will have the misinformation reinforced. I’m glad he didn’t use the FBI, CIA, NSA, or other more secret organization as a source. Certainly they have improved the “State of the Art” of mis- or disinformation since WWII.
Cooper attempts to smear Cohen with the broad brush of political correctness despite the appropriateness of the statement Anderson should reread Hayakawa’s “Language in Thought and Action,” General Semantics is really easy.