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Babblegate Is the New Watergate

As a carnival of lies and contradictions streams from the Oval Office, our most reliable news sources are The Daily Show and The Late Show.

Perry Bard, “Babelgate” (2017), ballpoint pen on paper, 9 x 12 inches

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “Watergate” means “scandal usually involving abuses of office, skulduggery, and a cover-up”.

In 2005, amid the abuses of office, skulduggery, and cover-ups of the G. W. Bush administration, Stephen Colbert came up with the word “truthiness,” which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as: “The quality of appearing to be true while not actually or necessarily being so; the fact or quality of accepting or presenting something which is not true as the truth.”

“Truthiness” was named word of the year in 2005 by the American Dialect Society. The word generated the adjective “truthy,” which is also an official entry in the OED.

This year the Global Language Monitor named “Truth” as the Global Trending English word of 2017. In the US today, we can forget about Truth; it is irrelevant. The President has declared mainstream media Fake News. His version of Truth is whatever can fit into 140 characters. As a carnival of lies and contradictions stream from the Oval Office, our most reliable news sources are The Daily Show with comedian Trevor Noah and The Late Show with host Stephen Colbert. They know how to contextualize Trump’s babble.

This drawing had words before I decided they had lost their meaning.

The truth is just a scribble away.

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