It’s more that when you start using the term "liar" promiscuously in public discourse, you make such discourse increasingly impossible. The term should be reser[ve]d only for a conscious and deliberate statement that you know is untrue as you s[pe]ak or write it. It’s rarer than you might think. That’s why calling someone a "liar" is forbidden in the House of Commons. It undermines the good faith necessary for democratic discussion. Which is a large part of what people like Al Franken are all about.
Andrew’s back from P-town, and he still has swimmer’s ear. From his reaction to the "disturbing" ubiquity of the "Bush is a liar" meme:
That’s right. Andrew Sullivan
is lamenting the erosion of good faith in our public discourse, and is
blaming Al Franken. Somehow, I retain the capacity for surprise at
Posted by Eric Scharf at 17:16