- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his latest column (“We forget true meaning of ‘lie’,” Web, Nation, Monday), Lanny Davis tries to blow smoke over the issue. On the one hand, he says that Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, was wrong in using the word “liar.” He asks, “Did Mr. Wilson have a shred of evidence that President Obama knew the following statement on Wednesday night was false when he said it? The answer is no.” Therefore, according to Mr. Davis, it could not be a lie.

With all due respect to Mr. Davis’ psychic abilities, he can have no idea what evidence Mr. Wilson had. I would argue that if Mr. Wilson knew the president’s statement was incorrect, he could reasonably conclude that the president knew it was incorrect but made the statement anyway — therefore, a lie.

The only alternative explanation is that the president is stumping for a bill without knowing what it contains. Which is it?

ROBERT A. POGGI

Alexandria

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