The A1 Verse: Speaking “truth” to power

By Thomas Gaulkin | January 11, 2021

Illustration by Thomas Gaulkin / Vectorstock

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred January 11, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


How Leaders Bend Reality With Big Lies

(from the original by Andrew Higgins)

C A B L E
– – – – – –
TO: POWER (STRANGE AND DISTURBING)

ANYTHING,
NO MATTER HOW UNTRUE,
BECOMES TRUE.

ALL THE POWERS OF TRUTH 
HAUNTING AMERICA :

LYING RECOMMENDED !
LIE WHEN TELLING THE TRUTH !

PEOPLE DON’T LIKE BEING LIED TO,
BUT ALLOW THEMSELVES 
TO BE DECEIVED.

TO BE CONTINUED

* * *


As the coronavirus crisis shows, we need science now more than ever.

The Bulletin elevates expert voices above the noise. But as an independent, nonprofit media organization, our operations depend on the support of readers like you. Help us continue to deliver quality journalism that holds leaders accountable. Your support of our work at any level is important. In return, we promise our coverage will be understandable, influential, vigilant, solution-oriented, and fair-minded. Together we can make a difference.

Share: 

Get alerts about this thread
Notify of
guest
1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jenny Agutter fan
Jenny Agutter fan
9 months ago

“Make the lie big, but keep it simple.” – Joseph Goebbels