One Must Know What Is True

William Lutz (Editor), “What Do We Know,“ Beyond Nineteen Eighty-Four: Doublespeak in a Post-Orwellian Age, (Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English, 1989), pp.41-42:

The central problem is this. In order to detect a lie one must know what is true; in order to identify the counterfeit, one must already know the authentic, in order to identify the bogus, one must already know the bona fide. While someone, somewhere, sometime, might have access to information that would permit the identification of something specious in the media, this is a relatively rare event, confined in any case to persons with access to privileged information.

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