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Is this man telling you the truth?

[digg-reddit-me]I just saw this video on CNN. Bill Clinton speaks very persuasively in this against the candidate of my choice.

But indulge me for a minute and participate in my little experiment. Bill Clinton’s public statements have obviously had a big impact on the primaries so far. So, I think this is important. Because many people – including you possibly – are being affected by what Hillary’s top surrogate is saying. Bill Clinton is shaping the news cycle like the expert spinner he is.

But for a moment, forget what you think of Bill Clinton. Forget Hillary and Obama. For a minute, forget what you know or think you know about the election, and who said what and when.

I believe each person has some level of built-in bullshit detection – that each person can see past the words used, the arguments that are put forth – and see some level of truth. Most of the time, especially in this overloaded age, we are inundated with so many contradictory facts that we end up just tuning out most of them, and examining even less. We end up being influenced by many lies and distortions and half-truths that, if we were paying closer attention, we might have noticed.

So, in the hope of clearing the distractions that prevent each of our natural bullshit detectors from working, clear your mind. (I would even recommend following the link to CNN because you can see the exchange more clearly. )

Just watch this video – watch it very closely; watch the expressions; listen to the tone; don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment – and trust your gut.

Is this man telling you the truth?

Then go ahead and fact check.

I can’t tell you the answer your gut will give you, but I think you know the impression I got. Leave any feedback you desire.

Postscript: Here’s what Jon Stewart thought of one of the claims Mr. Clinton repeated here.

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