[Ads-l] QOTY nominee: "Truth isn't truth"

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 20 23:19:58 EDT 2018


"All tribal myths are true, for a given value of 'true'." T. Pratchett "The
Last Continent" 1998

On Sun, Aug 19, 2018 at 12:53 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> This one from Rudy Giuliani could be hard to beat for QOTY. Even in the
> moment Chuck Todd recognizes its meme potential.
>
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> https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/19/politics/rudy-giuliani-truth-isnt-truth/index.html
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> "When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's going to
> tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, well, that's so silly because it's
> somebody's version of the truth. Not the truth," Giuliani told NBC's Chuck
> Todd on Sunday morning during "Meet the Press."
>
> "Truth is truth," Todd said in response.
>
> "No, no, it isn't truth," Giuliani said. "Truth isn't truth. The President
> of the United States says, "I didn't ..."
>
> "Truth isn't truth?" Todd interjected. "Mr. Mayor, do you realize, what ...
> I think this is going to become a bad meme."
>
> "No, no, no ... don't do this to me," Giuliani said.
>
> "Don't do 'truth isn't truth' to me," Todd continues.
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> (I'm hoping Larry can explain this fascinating exercise in self-negation.)
>
> --bgz
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