The big lie

Welcome to this week's Reno News & Review.

I'm more than a little irritated by Obama these days. As an alternative journalist, I sacrifice a lot of things to work in an environment where I feel as free as possible. I don't labor under any assumption that the United States is the land of the free, and I'm not sure that we ever were, but Obama's incursions into fascism just frankly amaze and disgust me.

And most people would probably count me among his supporters since I voted for him twice. Faced with the same circumstances, I'd do it again. So I suppose you can guess how I feel about wealth redistributors like Mitt Romney and all his bankster friends.

But this bullshit about warrantless spying on the Associated Press and Fox News, and this administration's prosecution of whistleblowers and singling out political adversaries for tax scrutiny—there are just too many things to enumerate them all—he's a 21st century version of Richard Nixon. I mean Nixon had an enemies list. With his drones, Obama has a kill list.

Why this rant today? You got me. I was actually going to write about how after my first semester as a master's student, I've got a 4.0 average, a frankly unbelievable statistic that surely cannot stand. You'd think I'd be in a good mood.

But allow me to continue with my rant: You know what Benghazi, Syria, was? It was a failure of public relations. There were 64 attacks on American diplomatic targets during the George W. Bush administration, according to Mother Jones. Benghazi was bad but normal. But if you read the recently released emails (from CNN,, it becomes apparent that this administration wasn't looking for the gentlest or most accurate way to tell the truth, it was looking for the lie that looked most like a version of the truth. And if Obama's people are lying about things that they could have told the whole truth about—with little reason to believe it would come back and bite them because it didn't bite their predecessors—then what else are they lying about?