140 characters or less doesn’t make it any less a lie

Bulltwitters beware, there’s a new Tweep in the Twitterverse: “Liar Alert“.

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This is either a bot or an extremely busy person, because its primary purpose appears to be calling out all the lies generated by the right-wing tweet machine.  One after another, after another, after another, after another…

Since it would be a full-time job (and when I say “full time” I mean “24/7″, with “no sleep”) to track all the lies of these prolific bullshitters, Liar Alert sometimes adds a bracketed “One Lie Fits All”-type note just to make things a little easier:You hav ..._1254529708468

Oh, and lookee here:

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Good luck, Liar Alert.   You got your work cut out for you.

18 Responses to “140 characters or less doesn’t make it any less a lie”


  1. 1 Maple Bug Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I want to hug whoever is in control of that thing.

  2. 2 Torontonian Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    This Liar Alert is the opposite of the Demon Dialler used
    by the conservatives when they push-poll and electioneer.

    The power of the internet seems to reside with the party
    that has the latest techno tool.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the talk show hosts all went of the air and migrated exclusively to the internet? Imagine
    all that AM radio spectrum could be used for meaningful
    broadcasts!

  3. 3 Shade Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Good for the people who listen to reason, will only piss the others off and make them block it. Still better it’s there to debunk the crap then not there at all.

    It’s funny one of the Twitterers(?) said that the thing was twisting facts. When all it says is if someones lying or not, how is that twisting facts?

    Then again I’m expecting logic from people who thought people were praying to Obama for health care.

  4. 4 JJ Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Maple Bug – The task of flagging so many lies is a valiant undertaking for sure.

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Torontonian

    Imagine
    all that AM radio spectrum could be used for meaningful
    broadcasts!

    Impossible! :shock:

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Shade

    It’s funny one of the Twitterers(?) said that the thing was twisting facts. When all it says is if someones lying or not, how is that twisting facts?

    Okay, you’re getting into scary territory now: the logic of the wingnut mind.

    One thing to remember when trying to interpret wingnut comments through a filter of logic is that they aren’t linear thinkers (1-2-3-4). Their logic goes more like 1-4-2-3-2a-2b-3c-1b-1d-3a-3b-Islamofascistlibtard.

  7. 7 Cornelius T.Zen Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Irony – nobody ever gets enough.
    Joseph Goebbels, the mastermind of Nazi propoganda, invented the concept of the Big Lie: tell a lie, big enough, often enough, and people will accept it as the truth.
    In other words, perception IS reality.
    The human brain works that way: the conscious mind makes an affirmation that the subconscious accepts as reality. A concept, such as, say, women are inferior to men, gets drummed into the subconscious through repetition, until it is accepted as gospel.
    It takes a conscious, and conscientious, mind, to ask questions.
    The wisest minds in history never stopped asking questions.
    Jesus himself questioned the men that were about to stone the woman “taken in adultery.” He asked them, “Are you without sin?” and “Where is the man who took this woman?”
    Jesus inspired his followers to question the old ways, in order to form new ways of thinking. Every great orthodoxy starts out as a heresy.
    Martin Luther questioned why the Catholic Church had to sell indulgences, if not to engage in the pursuit of political power.
    Ghandi questioned why the British had to maintain control of one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.
    As George Bernard Shaw put it, “All human progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” In other words, they who question, they who challenge, they who ask, “Really?”
    The tragedy lies not in that people in positions of influence resort to lying, but that such people believe themselves to be immune to challenge. Teach them otherwise. Disturb some serious shit. Ask questions, and never stop asking.
    Would I lie to you? – CTZen

  8. 9 fern hill Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Cornelius T.Zen: we need an update on

    As George Bernard Shaw put it, “All human progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” In other words, they who question, they who challenge, they who ask, “Really?”

    Unreasonable women have had a hand in progress. Then and, thank the goddess, increasingly now.

    Yes. Disturb shit. Should be motto of good bloggerdom.

  9. 10 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Good morrow, Fern!
    Absolutely. Reasonable people write history, but unreasonable people MAKE history.
    As Galileo might have put it: Damn it, it DOES move! – CTZen

  10. 11 Bleatmop Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I would suggest that it is the reasonable people who question everything, think critically, and throw out the old and outdated for the new and more informed. Those that cling to the past and refuse to accept that their ancestors could have been wrong about anything seem the unreasonable ones to me.

  11. 12 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Good morrow, Bleatmop!
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” GBS.
    Hammurabi was an unreasonable man, inasmuch as he codified laws that allows societies to prosper peacefully. Those who cling to the past see that past as vindication of their own world view, which must not be questioned, lest the Emperor be known to have no clothes. People who question everything are extremely unreasonable, inasmuch as they believe that things can be better.
    To paraphrase GBS: I see things as they could be, and ask “Why Not?” Most unreasonable of me, wouldn’t you say? – CTZen

  12. 13 Bleatmop Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    C.T.Zen – I think we can successfully disagree on the definition on what makes a person reasonable, though I think we are on the same page on where we think people’s world views should be (the questioning everything end). To that end, good morrow to you. Further, I’m unfamiliar with the initials GBS. Can you clarify please?

  13. 14 Cornelius T.Zen Monday, October 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Good morrow, Bleatmop!
    GBS are the initials of that most unreasonable of men, George Bernard Shaw. I think he was once described as “a very good man. He has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.” That could have been another one of my literary heroes, Oscar Wilde, but don’t quote me on that yet.
    I think the problem is that God created Man on the sixth day, when He was all worn out from the reest of Creation. Then He might have said, “Wait a sec…I can do better than that…” and created Woman. Then He rested, and totally forgot the operating manual.
    Ooops – CTZen

  14. 15 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:35 am

    CTZen

    I think the problem is that God created Man on the sixth day, when He was all worn out from the reest of Creation. Then He might have said, “Wait a sec…I can do better than that…” and created Woman. Then He rested, and totally forgot the operating manual.

    :lol: :lol:
    Or forgot to teach guys how to read it!

  15. 16 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

    fern hill

    Yes. Disturb shit. Should be motto of good bloggerdom.

    How does that saying go? “Comfort the disturb, disturb the comfortable” or something like that.

  16. 17 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:41 am

    CTZen

    I think he was once described as “a very good man. He has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.” That could have been another one of my literary heroes, Oscar Wilde, but don’t quote me on that yet.

    That was indeed Oscar Wilde.

  17. 18 JJ Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

    bleatmop

    I would suggest that it is the reasonable people who question everything, think critically, and throw out the old and outdated for the new and more informed. Those that cling to the past and refuse to accept that their ancestors could have been wrong about anything seem the unreasonable ones to me.

    Well, that’s right too. But those who are viewed as “reasonable” in history’s context were often viewed as “unreasonable” in their own time.

    Once upon a time, it was considered reasonable to burn women at the stake for behaviour that was at odds with the rest of society — ie., a woman who wanted to paint pictures instead of having babies… WITCH! Possessed by Satan!

    I can’t speak for CTZen, but I think that’s what he means.


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