So, here’s where we are with “embellishments,” also known as memory lapses or flat-out lies.
“NBC Nightly News” continues to live without Brian Williams, at least for several more months, having something to do with RPGs and helicopters. Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly is now in the fray with his tortured definition of the Falklands “war zone” and surviving a combat situation in Argentina. If you don’t like his story, you risk getting called “guttersnipe liar.” Just ask Mother Jones writer David Corn.
And it’s not just media types.
What is up with Robert McDonald? The secretary of Veterans Affairs ignored the fact that he never served in the elite Special Forces when he was trying to build some rapport with a homeless veteran. “Special Forces? What years? I was in Special Forces!”
That was a lie, one that was unnecessary in light of his impressive resume: West Point graduate who completed Army Ranger training, qualified as a senior parachutist and an airborne jumpmaster with the 82nd Airborne.
She robbed the cradle and then filled it. Agnes, who is 20, had a baby last week after canoodling with Moke, who is only 3. They produced Zuri. Judging from reports and photos, all are giraffes.
We’re not sure Luna, the beautiful and once cuddly polar bear cub, needs to worry about competing for attention. Giraffes are beautiful in their own way, of course, but cuddly? Not a chance. Luna still wins in the heartthrob department.
Maybe Woody Allen was right. In his 1973 movie, “Sleeper,” he observes that “Scientists from 2173 are astounded that 20th century society failed to grasp the nutritional merits of cream pies and hot fudge.” Certainly, science is a changeable thing.
Coffee causes early death. Wait a minute, no. It helps you to live longer. Sunshine is good for you! No, wait, it causes skin cancer. Cleanliness is next to godliness, except that being too clean can prevent children from developing resistance to some germs.
What’s next? Here’s what: You can prevent peanut allergies in children by feeding them, yes, peanuts. That’s the latest scientific turnaround, reported this week by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Only a week earlier, the nation’s top nutrition advisory panel decided to drop its recommendation against eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption. It was, it should be said, a nuanced reversal. Bad cholesterol is still bad, but eggs, it seems, are good again.
Enjoy them with your coffee.