HUMOR — “And Ye Shall Know the Truth”

“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:32

“Truth is not truth.”

Rudy 8:19

On August 19 2018, during an appearance on Meet the Press, President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Chuck Todd that he sees a credibility gap between President Trump and Special Counsel Mueller. “Truth isn’t truth,” he insisted during the interview. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The exchange on Meet the Press on Sunday began with Mr Todd asking Mr Giuliani whether the Trump team was stalling about a possible testimony at the inquiry led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 US election.

Mr Giuliani said: “I’m not going to be rushed into having him testify so he can be trapped into perjury.”

He added: “When you tell me that he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth.”

When Todd countered that “truth is truth”, Mr Giuliani exclaimed: “Truth isn’t truth.”

The interviewer put his hand on his forehead and said: “This is going to become a bad meme!”

On Monday, in his response to his critics, Mr Giuliani reaffirmed that his point was that two rival versions of events were in contention.

“My statement was not meant as a pontification on moral theology but one referring to the situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic “he said,she said” puzzle.

Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth; other times it doesn’t.”

Steven Poole’s word of the week — Guardian (Aug 23 2018)

For its first few centuries, “truth” meant loyalty or agreement (it shares its roots with “troth” and “truce”), and only later acquired the sense of conformity with reality. It is conceivable, then, that Giuliani was using the word in two senses at once, and what he really meant to say was that loyalty (to Trump) is not the same as being accurate about facts. Seems legit.

If you’re using the word in the same sense both times, “truth isn’t truth” is logically not true, but then Giuliani’s interviewer had just said that “truth is truth”, which is true but useless.

Giuliani later claimed that he had not been offering “a pontification on moral theology”, but he needn’t have been so shy: there is, after all, a fine tradition of claims that truth isn’t quite the truth. Nietzsche, for one, said that truth was just a mobile army of metaphors. Whatever the truth is about Trump, we probably can’t handle it anyway.

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REFERENCES

‘Truth isn’t truth’: so, is that true? — Guardian

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HUMOR — “And Ye Shall Know the Truth”

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