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Political lies nothing new, and media were accomplices until Trump came along

By Angelo Persichilli      

For too long, media and politicians, in spite of their apparent public dislike, have operated in cahoots, dishing out half-truths, encouraging distrust, and inoculating into the public opinion a vaccine that has immunized people from lies.

Why does Donald Trump lie? Because he can, and get away with it, writes Angelo Persichilli. Photograph by Gage Skidmore
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TORONTO—The Globe and Mail wrote an editorial last week with the headline, “Donald Trump lies constantly. Why is it working for him?” Lies work with Trump because lies in politics always work. In politics, the demarcation line between truth and lies faded a long time ago, and for the majority of voters, there is no difference between truth and lies. Several years ago, I had a politician as a guest in my radio talk show. A caller asked why his

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