Sunday Edition | Nov 2, 2012 | 30:27
Truth in Politics
Untruths are so ubiquitous in contemporary politics that some analysts say we're now in an era of post-truth politics. According to Politifact.com, forty-two percent of Mitt Romney's statements have been mostly false, false or pants-on-fire false. Barack Obama is no boy scout either. Twenty-eight percent of the President's statements have been mostly false, false or pants-on-fire false. But let's just call it bullshit. It's a defining feature of our culture. It even has its own theorist. Harry Frankfurt is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University. And he's the author of On Bullshit. Following him, Dan Gardner is a columnist with the Ottawa Citizen and author of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail - And Why We Believe Them Anyway.