Most of us use hyperbole more often than we realize. No one expect claims like, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” to be taken seriously. It’s an exaggeration for effect which is perfectly fine. And does not decrease the number of horses anywhere.
When hyperbole is not fine is when it is used dishonestly in such a way that it is taken seriously. It is then used to deceive. It is used to smear. Far too many members of the public don’t know the difference.
Many don’t see the difference between using some hyperbolic language to make a point and lie. There’s a very plain line between the two. Media and politicians, not to mention many bloggers cross that line too many times to count.
I am a cartoon addict. Cartoonists often use hyperbole to make a point. However the cartoon below is effective only if your bias believes it to be true. Otherwise it’s just a smear.
The implication of course is that Scott Pruitt will devastate Mother Nature. Because of hyperbole like this the delicate little snowflakes are in a panic. One Trump cabinet pick will end Mother Nature as we know it/her. That’s not hyperbole, that’s b.s.
The evil GOP, lead by Nazi Donald Trump will take office on January 20 and proceed to throw all Democrats in concentration camps. Or so the narrative goes.
Delicate little snowflakes not having much cognitive ability weep, wail,whine and believe. They probably also believe that if they send some money to a Liberian Prince they will become millionaires.
One Democrat Senator simply stated that the GOP doesn’t care about clean air and water because of who Trump chose to head the EPA. The truth is that the right cares about clean air and water as much as the left. The disagreement is about how to get them.
The cartoon below is another example of how a lefty cartoonist sees the world.
The message is that Pruitt plans on destroying the environment. How easily they forget what the Obama EPA did when they did this: EPA Dumps One Million Gallons of Wastewater Into Colorado River
That little blunder occurred under EPA Administrator Regina “Gina” McCarthy. No outrage about that from this cartoonist but full blown hyperbolic b.s. at the very thought of Scott Pruitt being in charge. Judge and jury condemned him before he’s even sworn in.
I repeat, all of us engage in hyperbolic speak from time to time. My children were told many times that if they didn’t do something or stop something I would “smack them lopsided.” I can assure you none of them are lopsided today.
Now comes fauxrage about “fake news”. The Libs are claiming they lost the election because there was so much “fake” news about their candidate. Combine a hypocrisy gene with a hyperbolic b.s. gene and you get a liberal Democrat.
Is the cartoon below hyperbolic or just slightly exaggerated to make a point? I believe the later but I am NOT an Obama fan and find him dishonest and lacking in character. Plus I love Dana Summers cartoons. So I admit I may be biased.
There never was a time when all we got was straight up news. There have always been people of differing beliefs tossing rocks at each other. That wasn’t a problem until the vast majority of the media became so lopsided that there was almost no honest reporting. Propaganda is not new and it is not news.
The media not only took sides they lambasted anyone that didn’t see things their way. The GOP was accused of every sin under the sun by people who actually seem to think that believing in God and going to church is a sin or at least something to avoid.
Not being an Obama fan means that I loved the cartoon below by Michael Ramirez.
With a minimum of fuss he made the important point that Obama made promises he knew he wouldn’t/couldn’t keep and then claimed he never made them. That isn’t hyperbole, that’s just dishonesty. That was a flat out lie when he said it and again when he claimed he didn’t say it. An honest media would have called him out on it. The sound of crickets shows the amount of honesty in the MSM.
Whether you call it hyperbolic, b.s., nonsense, distortions or just plain lies the media has a lot to answer for. Sadly it is about what we expect from politicians.
We give them a pass when they make grandiose promises they, and we, know they can’t/won’t keep. Why do we do that? What makes us accept such a lack of character in them? Perhaps a lack of character in ourselves?
The Washington Post has a fact checker and awards a number of Pinocchios based on the truth of what they are checking. Four is considered very bad. Yet dozens/hundreds of articles in their own paper is Four Pinocchio worthy. Thus proving that you can’t trust the fact checkers.
From recent accounts Hillary Clinton is upset about “fake news.” Who would have ever realized that the woman who lied about landing under sniper fire in Bosnia, receiving classified emails on her private server, that the murders in Benghazi were caused by a video tape and about a million other things cared so much about honesty?
John Hawkins over at Townhall gives us 7 good examples of fake news.
Donald Trump’s election is the end result of lies, distortions and hyperbolic nonsense from the media and politicians. The public doesn’t’ seem to care that they traded one brand of hyperbolic b.s. for another.
For many of them, it isn’t the same old/same old. And sometimes that’s enough to win them over.