Peter Green: January 2017
DENIAL, a film due to be released in the UK today, 27th January is as much about political events this week as it is about events in the last world war. It is based on the true story of Holocaust scholar Deborah E. Lipstadt who was unsuccessfully sued by Holocaust denier David Irving. Lipstadt said the court case was about, "my right to stand up against someone who wants to pervert the truth".
Another attempt to pervert the truth came this week when President Trump's senior aide Kellyanne Conway said controversial comments by the White House press secretary Sean Spicer were not lies, but "alternative facts". These alternative facts included his assertion about last Friday's event that, "This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period." This was at odds with photographs of the Trump and much bigger Obama crowds, Also almost twice as many people attended the Washington protest march against Trump the following day. This claim is supported by the Washington metro having 1,001,616 trips on Protest Saturday compared with the 570,000 on Inauguration Friday.
So just as Deborah Lipstadt stood up against someone who wanted to pervert the truth, is it not up to each of us to similarly stand up against all those, whoever they are, who want to pervert the truth?
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