Stolen Valor? Or Stolen Truth?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri May 21 13:37:55 UTC 2010

Isn't the real issue in the Blumenthal story, and one that perhaps has some linguistic relevance, that the line between politics and entertainment, or politics and fiction, is becoming radically blurred?  Consider the fact that Blumenthal may be replaced as my state's next senator by Linda McMahon, chief executive of a sport that has obliterated the line between sports and entertainment, or sports and fiction.  Blumenthal's lies may be mild compared to those of other postmodern politicians/performance artists.  Think of Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Glenn Beck.

Fred Shapiro

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