I tend to admire House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. He is a smart and (normally) savvy California Republican determined to oversee the executive branch. Yet, he went too far in calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar“.* A political leaders should be more circumspect in his public statements. Not just that, with the accusation, he gives Democrats another means to attempt to discredit his investigations.
And as we know, they will use whatever means they can to attack their Republican critics.
But, the question which I put to you, my readers, is this: Is Issa Right? Is the president’s Press Secretary a liar?
Is he just making things up? Or is he repeating things his White House superiors told him to be true, but aren’t? (That is, is someone a liar if he says something he believes to be true, but is, in fact, not?**)
*He should have not have spoken those two words and said instead (based on the remainder of his remarks) “he seems to be making up things about what happen[ed] and calling this local rogue” and then added, “he doesn’t seem to know what’s going on.”
**Say, for example, a father jokingly tells his superhero fan son that he once worked for Stark Industries, but the boy doesn’t realize his Dad was joking, so he goes to school and tells all his friends that his Dad used to work with Tony Stark. Is the kid a liar?