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Shock and Awe in pre-post-truth America

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The quote ‘What’s past is prologue,’ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is displayed on the National Archives in Washington. There’s a reason it’s a favourite of military strategists.

In Shock and Awe, James Marsden, left, and Woody Harrelson play two Knight Ridder reporters who are skeptical of the Bush administration's claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Photograph courtesy of Vertical Entertainment
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If you were going to choose a date to mark the dawn of the ironically, erroneously labelled post-truth era, it wouldn’t be the day former United States president Bill Clinton lied about Monica Lewinsky or the day the country’s current president, Donald Trump, called Mexican immigrants to the United States rapists and killers. And it wouldn’t be the moment Trump spokesperson Sean Spicer launched a presidency by brazenly lying about inauguration crowd size. It would be Feb. 5,

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