Anderson Cooper: Fool for Political Correctness

Sen. Cohen

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.”

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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.


About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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