...something like, "A lie is halfway around the world while truth is still putting its boots on." And God knows, you can die of old age fighting each and every specific lie, when the Bad Guys always have a million more right behind 'em -- even if only a few sad religious fanatics actually believe them, any more.
Still, one example:
My point is not to debate the hurricane issue, which I've staunchly refused to do (not least because anybody with a serious interest in the facts can find them fairly easily*); it's to observe that we're so often, these days, not so much dealing with differing political perspectives as up against resolute liars. The "anonymous source" who gave the original false story to the Washington Post, Newsweek and others -- the Post has already had to retract it -- wasn't mistaken: he didn't believe what he was telling them. He knew that only lies would help him, preferably lies printed in generally trustworthy outlets, and having spent decades lying for a living with quite impressive success, didn't hesitate for a moment.
Moral of the story -- for the media, and others: Check your facts. Look at differing perspectives. Be willing, even eager, to admit when you've been misled. In short, try not to be such an easy mark, ya friggin chumps. You're killin us, here. :P
93 93/93 -- AJ
* See, e.g., the repeated screeds for the past two years warning how dangerous it is to use the National Guard to fight years-long foreign wars.