Amanduh, project much do you?

Here’s the key to Trump’s outrageous lies: He sells them with conviction
Research suggests people are more easily persuaded by apparent sincerity and wishful thinking than by actual facts
AMANDA MARCOTTE

Which is a reasonable description of The Guardian, Alternet, Salon and all the rest, no?

16 comments on “Amanduh, project much do you?

  1. Certainly true of Hillary, and ‘true’ and Hillary rarely belong in the same sentence. Though I’m not sure Hillary did sincerity, even of the apparent variety.

  2. The left’s arsenal has little sincerity in it. Sanctimony and silence–about their crimes and the results of socialism generally–are far more dangerous weapons.

  3. They used to say that the most important trait an actor could convey was sincerity, and once you could fake that, you’d got it made. Bill Clinton was good on fake sincerity; Hillary Clinton came across as fake even when she was being sincere.

  4. Bill Clinton was good on fake sincerity

    Even he was an amateur compared to the master, Tony Blair.

  5. +1 Rob
    T Blair was brilliant at this
    I remember listening to him explaining why it was right that the successor regime in Iraq should have to pay a little something back of Saddam’s debts. Can’t remember the reasoning, but the delivery was hypnotic and persuasive. He sincerely believed it was right, or at least at the time I came away believing he sincerely believed.

  6. Hey, wasn’t Trump a buffoon? And now he’s a slick political operator? Fast learner, ain’t he?

  7. And a reasonable description of Breitbart, The Sun, The Daily Mail and the Telegraph as well, if we’re being honest.

  8. and the Telegraph as well

    Well, no, not really _any more_. I’m not sure what the Telegraph is doing nowadays but I’ve certainly stopped reading it except to sneer at its stupidity. It took the decision to head down-market and managed it remarkably quickly.

  9. sc

    Happily covered by Tim’s “and all the rest”?

    As someone commented elsewhere – their main objective is to sell their wares. Hence, so many opinion pieces – pampering to what they think their readers want to hear – offered as news.

    Breitbart for one, in its defence, does freely admit that it also wilfully tries to be downright provocative. There is a modicum of honesty in that, however distasteful..:)

  10. “He sells them with conviction”

    The way things are ging with ‘towergate’ there could be quite a few convictions.

  11. Did Marcotte not get her break selling a story of fabricated claim of rape with conviction and dedication?

  12. @Surreptitious Evil, March 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Well, no, not really _any more_. I’m not sure what the Telegraph is doing nowadays but I’ve certainly stopped reading it except to sneer at its stupidity. It took the decision to head down-market and managed it remarkably quickly.

    +1

    Telegraph has several good opinion/comment writers, but they’re all Premium paywalled now. There isn’t sufficient “good” on their site to make it worth paying for.

    I stopped buying print edition years ago as there were fewer and fewer articles worth reading. Visits to website declined from daily to weekly and now never.

  13. That guy should head to Scott Adams blog.

    He’s been demonstrating for a while how human are ruled by emotion, not facts.

  14. Fast learner, ain’t he?

    No, no. Trump is just a mouthpiece for Bannon and Breibart News. Didn’t you get the memo?

    Or was that last week’s Narrative? It’s so hard to keep up these days.

  15. I second recommending Scott Adams to friends.

    Persuasion matters to both left and right, the self described ‘smarter’ people on the left are just as susceptable to persuasion but just different content.

    I mean the EU referendum persuaded many people the EU was some benign progressive institution! There were legitimate reasons to vote remain but that wasn’t it.

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