Why politicians lie and why we want to believe them
June 1st, 2012
09:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Why politicians lie and why we want to believe them

Washington (CNN) – Wolf Blitzer and Donald Trump's heated showdown this week over claims of a conspiracy to conceal President Barack Obama's true birthplace was, at its core, an argument about lying.

Trump and other "birthers" believe the president, mainstream media outlets, the courts and the state of Hawaii are all lying, conspiring in a cover-up that began with Obama's birth announcement in a Honolulu newspaper in 1961.

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  1. Gurgyl

    David vitter???

    June 1, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Dan

    Obama doesn't share my view of "American exceptionalism" either.
    Romney 2012

    June 1, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Jules

    I think there is a difference between talking about what you will do when elected and then when you get all the facts you find out that what you would have liked to do is not feasible and out and out saying things about another person that you know to be a lie. One is not knowing any better and the other is breaking one of the ten commandments.

    June 1, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Trump and other "birthers" believe the president, mainstream media outlets, the courts and the state of Hawaii are all lying, conspiring in a cover-up that began with Obama's birth announcement in a Honolulu newspaper in 1961.
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    Anyone who actually believes that such a conspiracy was launched 50 years ago to make a specific baby POTUS is out of their mind. In order to make it work, the conspiracy would have had to been created and fully engaged *prior* to the actual birth of the child. Furthermore, the conspiracy would have had to continue and follow up on the baby throughout its' entire life, making sure that the child stayed on "the golden path" towards the White House. Give me a break.

    June 1, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While many politicians are truthful, honest public servants, too many politicians and their surrogates often lie, and voters often let them get away with it, Riggio contends."

    Unfortunately, it is the truthful, honest public servants that are so prone to fall into the net of the lies circulated by the likes of Karl Rove and more recently, the Koch brothers. That, and three quarters of Americans are oblivious to who they actually vote for, too lazy to research and, apparently, too willing to allow others to tell them what to think. In a media driven society where corporations are allowed to fool folks into buying miracle diet drugs - and every other miracle under the sun - through deceitful advertising, is it any wonder voters can be easily swayed, one campaign commercial at a time.

    One day we are given a poll suggesting Obama has a huge percentage of women supporters. The following week, Romney blasts the airwaves with a somewhat condescending campaign ad focusing on why women first voted for Obama. The next week, we are told that Romney has now caught up with Obama regarding the women vote. All in a space of two weeks. Or, in the Romney ad situation, all in one weekend. And even though that particular ad is only being shown in certain areas, it somehow affected ALL women voters?

    Absurb. And yet, people fall for the propaganda every day.

    June 1, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Sydnium S. Washington

    If Obama's not born in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Oahu Is.,Hawai'i, USA, North America, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy (scientific and political), I'd consider it even if I'm a supporter of GOP.

    June 1, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. jwest

    we all know why unemployment is down, 8 years of bushonomics. Its going to take more than 4 years to pull us out of this slump. I'm beginning to see where zombie movies get their inspiration, from the gop.

    June 1, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Ryan-MN

    Are falling oil prices to Obama's credit?

    June 1, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. ja

    politicans like because, the nature of the job is self serving, and humans will lie to save self and their interest, the only time most talk accountablity is doing campagins otherwise it becomes their personal office without voter regard, look at their pensions and healthcare

    June 1, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    RealityBites wrote:

    No US citizen has yet to be denied the right to vote in Florida. Get it??
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    Why do conservatives lie, and expect people to believe them just because they said it?

    FACTS: Hundreds of people have received notices, and every one of them is a citizen. Also, we are yet to see just one example of a notice having been sent to someone who was not a US citizen.

    June 1, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Thinker

    Obama has done more in the last years than bush every done. Bush is the one who got the ecomony like this.
    where is he now ? Romney are you kidding me, you are complaining now.

    June 1, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |