Hiram Warren Johnson is reported to have said, “the first casualty when war comes is truth.”, although there is no actual record of him saying it.

He may have paraphrased Samuel Johnson, who said: “Among the calamities of War may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” (Idler, #30, 11th November, 1758)

Regardless of which of the Johnson’s said it, we are left with the impression that conflict leads to falsehood in some form or the other.

Which is really how we got to Kellyanne Conway’s Alternative Facts.

This is not new.

Read Orwell.


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