True Words vs Twisted Truth, and the Media

By John Farnam

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True Words vs Twisted Truth, and the Media
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( True and Accurate?

Years ago, when he was still alive, Jeff Cooper used this example to emphasize the importance of both truth and accuracy:

You might say:

“The only purpose for a scalpel is to cut people open.”

Technically “true,” but not accurate. [Those] Who phrase issues this way are attempting to conceal an agenda and are thus iniquitous and fundamentally dishonest.

Closer to home:

“The only purpose for a gun is to kill”

Once again, true, but inaccurate.

In the former example, and true AND accurate description is:

“Scalpels are used by surgeons to perform necessary surgery, in order to preserve/improve human life.”

In the latter case:

“We use guns to apply deadly force when acutely necessary in order to resolve an emergency personal security crisis that cannot be acceptably resolved otherwise”

Like the surgeon, we use guns to preserve life. But, sometimes, in order to save a life, you must end a life. It represents an unhappy reality, but like all reality, must be faced honestly.

[Those] Who purposely mis-phrase issues in order to serve a hidden agenda are, as noted above, frauds and charlatans, and our media is full of them!

Honest people must never allow them to define terms, to complement their (invariably leftist) agenda.

Legitimate reporting is both true AND accurate.

I’d love to see some examples, at least now and then!

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty, and how few by deceit.” ~ Noel Coward


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Big Bill
Big Bill
4 years ago

” “The only purpose for a gun is to kill” Once again, true, but inaccurate.” Um, no. I own a few guns, use them regularly, and the only ones that may have killed someone are milsurps. None have ever killed anyone while I have owned them. I will say, with some certainty, that most readers of these articles are in the same category. In fact, I will go so far as to say that target practice (a decidedly non-fatal endeaver) is practiced by those who own guns on the off-chance that they may have to actually use them against a… Read more »

Pistol Pete
Pistol Pete
4 years ago

Any thing but the whole truth is a lie! There is no such thing as a half truth

4 years ago
Reply to  Pistol Pete

Truer words were never spoken !