I didn’t see the interview, but still knew immediately that Rudy Giuliani didn’t literally say and mean “Truth isn’t truth” as the news media was widely reporting yesterday. Rudy may have lost his edge, but he’s no idiot, and he is not going to fall into an “alternate facts” gaffe like Kellyanne Conway. If you didn’t know that with relative certainty, if you didn’t assume that the biased news media was intentionally trying to make Giuliani, and hence the Trump Administration, and thus Trump himself, inherently dishonest and ridiculous, then you are gullible, dangerously ignorant of the complexity of language and the critical role of context, or stubbornly unwilling to accept what is res ipsa loquitur now, which is that journalism has become overwhelmingly partisan and cannot be trusted.
If one witnessed the interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that produced the fake “gotcha!” and didn’t find that false representation outrageous, then one is simply a hopeless, principal-free “resistance” fanatic.
Here was the actual exchange:
GIULIANI: …So, what I have to tell you is, look, I am not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury. And when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he is going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, that’s silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth, not the truth. He didn’t have a conversation…
TODD: Truth is truth. I don’t mean to go like…
GIULIANI: No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth. The President of the United States says I didn’t…
TODD: Truth isn’t truth, Mr. Mayor, do you realize…
GIULIANI: No, no, no. Don’t do this to me.
TODD: Don’t do truth isn’t truth to me.
GIULIANI: Donald Trump says I didn’t talk about Flynn with Comey. Comey says you did talk about it. So tell me what the truth is?
TODD: Don McGahn might know.
GIULIANI: If you’re such a genius — Don McGahn doesn’t know. If that’s situation where you have two pieces of evidence. Trump says I didn’t tell him and the other guy says that he did say it, which is the truth?
TODD: At that point, you’re right. Under two people. No. You are right. I don’t read minds on that front.
“Truth isn’t truth” was referring both to Todd’s (adversarial, mocking, simple-minded) framing and the fact, and it is a fact, that two individuals may remember the same event differently, meaning that they are “telling the truth” but what they are claiming might not be objectively factual.
And note that by the end of the exchange, Chuck Todd agrees with the statement. Yet “Truth isn’t truth” was represented in the media as a foolish statement by Giuliani, which it was not, and no account included the addition, “and Chuck Todd agrees with him.”
This in one more example of how the news media is actively misrepresenting the news in order to undermine Donald Trump. a particularly nauseating example. Hanlon’s Razor would offer the defense that the journalists who didn’t understand the exchange above are just cognitively inadequate, a.k.a. stupid. I do think too many of them are stupid, but the case for malice is becoming too strong to deny.
One more time: you can’t trust these people.