Who do you believe, Blumenthal or your own lying eyes?

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, D, who was caught lying on tape about serving in Vietnam, shot back at The New York Times and critics who pointed out the fact. He defended himself by saying it was only a case of “a few misplaced words.”

Before Blumenthal’s defensive, barely apologetic press conference, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said something similar yesterday morning, attributing the problem to just one word — when he said he had served “in” instead of “during” Vietnam. If it was just a couple of words in a decades-long career, how bad could it be?

Just a couple of words, like:

  • “This derivative trade will be great for you.”
  • “You can afford this mortgage.”
  • “This oil rig is totally safe.”
  • “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

Blumenthal’s problem is not about a few words. It’s about the lies that lie behind them.

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