Engaging The Lie

Jane Mayer's thorough take-down of Marc Thiessen is attracting attention across the intertubes. Thiessen's lies probably deserve some vetting. But while I was reading I kept wondering about the value of taking on a dude who is essentially a propagandist. I almost felt like his book was unworthy of Mayer's time. Jane Mayer has spent much of last decade chronicling, in painful detail, the the dark side of our War on Terror. Marc Thiessen, meanwhile, is a GOP publicist turned stenographer. I felt like he was unworthy of her seriousness. Perhaps that's the elitism in me--or, more likely, my bias toward narrative over commentary. 

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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