Wednesday, September 28, 2005


The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Ever wonder why they phrase the oath like that for witnesses in courts of law? Well it's a recognition of the fact that there's "the truth", that is, as far as it goes, "the whole truth", which means the truth without distortion by omission, and "nothing but the truth" which means the truth without speculation, embellishment, assumption, or other "add-ons."

Want to see a graphic demonstration of the difference between "the truth" and "the whole truth"? Want to see a perfect example of how the media uses this distinction to spin and distort "news" coverage on a daily basis,while technically telling "the truth" but avoiding "the whole truth" when it gets in the way of the story they want to tell?

Then go HERE and see how a little photo manipulation (without actual alteration) distorts reality and presents a false picture.

You've heard the expression "figures don't lie, but liars figure"? Same for photos... photos may not lie, but liars use photos.

Hat tip to Little Green Footballs for presenting this gem!

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