This article is from May 2016
Megan Twohey of the New York Times offers you a master class in how to spot a liar. Megan Twohey along with “journalist” Michael Barbaro recently published a hit on Donald Trump. In their article, Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved with Women in Public, Twohey and Barbaro accused Trump of conduct varying from sexual harassment to “debasing” of women. The problem? The story was a hoax!
In her article, Twohey tells the story of Trump ex-girlfriend Rowanne Brewer Lane.
But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew. This is the private treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the up-close and more intimate encounters.
Ms. Lane was outraged that Twohey lied about her, and told her own story.
“Actually, it was very upsetting. I was not happy to read it at all. Well, because The New York Times told us several times that they would make sure that my story that I was telling came across. They promised several times that they would do it accurately. They told me several times and my manager several times that it would not be a hit piece and that my story would come across the way that I was telling it and honestly, and it absolutely was not.”
“They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don’t appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not.
CNN did some real journalism, with an anchor actually confronting a media hoaxer live on air. Watch this video as it’s offers several tells for how to spot a liar, hoaxer, and con artist like Twohey.
“CNN: You did use the word debase in the piece. Is that a word that Rowanne used used or that the women you spoke to used?
Twohey: So we heard a variety of…I mean….the…the…descriptions of Rowanee was one of many voices….We really value the fact that…and I think that one of the things you’ll see is that…
A liar will not answer an honest question with a direct or no answer. In her story, Twohey wrote: “But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump.”
Twohey was asked whether Ms. Lane used the word debase. Rather than answer yes or not, she trips over her words. Her brain and mouth can’t keep up, as a liar is thinking, “What will I say next?”
Pay attention to Twohey’s body language tells. She turns away from the questioner, which is a common response when a person is caught lying. Liars are afraid of making eye contact and turn away. It’s an unconscious show of shame. Twohey also closes her eyes repeatedly.