Steve Rannazzisi: Liar par excellence

What is it that celebrities don’t get about the truth?  Brian Williams.  Bill O’Reilly. Steve Rannazzisi.

Steve Rannazzisi?

I didn’t even know he was a ‘celebrity’ until yesterday when I turned to page 2 in the Trib’s A & E section.

There he was—Rannazzisi—sitting in an armchair, left leg crossed casually  over the  right, wearing a whitish open-collared shirt under a wide-opened sports jacket. A white gym shoe evident on the left foot.  His full head of hair combed  neatly back. A fixed stare on his face. Mouth tightly shut.

Underneath this rugged guy it  reads: “Steve Rannazzisi admits he told a lie about working in the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked.”

The headline above the release from the Associated Press:  “Comic is ‘truly sorry’ for 9/11 fabrication”.

The lie has  become a fabrication.

“We are very disappointed,”says a Comedy Central spokesman, “to hear about Steve’s misrepresentations….”

The lie has shifted into a misrepresentation.

The article goes on.  “Rannazzisi’s falsehood was first reported….”

The lie  is, let us not forget, a falsehood.

His lie— as in ‘thou shalt not tell a lie’ —was a genuine whopper of a tall tale. He worked on that  fateful day for Merrill Lynch. He said he was ‘jostled’ when the tower next to him was hit.  He descended to the ground floor into the street over the Brooklyn Bridge on foot. Not willing to pay a $500 cab fare.  He got home. Several hours later his wife, then girlfriend, who also worked at the World Trade Center walked in the door.

“I don’t know why I said this,” Rannazzisi laments.

Of course, that was 14 years ago.  He had plenty of time to stimulate his creative juices.

But let’s not talk around what he did.

He didn’t stretch the truth or misspeak, or any other synonymic way of saying it.  He told a full-blown, bald-faced lie.

So what else could he do but apology.

They all do.







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  • Who????
    Washington Post has an article trying to figure out the psychological reason for this, but I'm pretty sure the attack left a sufficient enough impression on those who were there that they would know the correct details about it, compared to Brian Williams who was either on that helicopter or a helicopter 3 miles away. The WP article also indicates that he ripped off the story from someone else, who lied only about half of it. At least be original and say you worked for Aon, if only in the Glenview office.

  • In the end --which in celebrity land is often next month--- he will be the "what's his name" who lied. Fitting.

  • It appears Buffalo Wild Wing's doesn't like being buffalo'd, but without any surprise MSNBC does.

    Supposedly Williams has more lies than the helicopter story, though I found his pandering to Prez. O even more disturbing, who by coincidence has more Pinocchio's than anyone mentioned put together.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Again a totally undocumented final clause, just like the "Trump never said anything mean" falsehood.

  • In reply to jack:

    I haven't figured out how to hyperlink a google search on my iPad (Safari doesn't give the original URL) and one source doesn't do the complete body of lies justice. Google 'Obama given 4 Pinocchio's', happy reading.

  • In reply to 4zen:
  • Apparently, your candidate's campaign manager lied according to this account But Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, later told the network that Trump didn’t hear the accusation that Obama was a Muslim.

    “All he heard was a question about training camps, which he said we have to look into,” Lewandowski told CNN. “The media want to make this an issue about Obama, but it’s about him waging a war on Christianity."

    The comment, including Trump's "that's right" before the question about the training camps was certainly audible on any newscast I saw.

    And if Trump is the defender of Christianity, I am about as apt to vote for him as I am The Church of the Holy Sanotorum or "I love Kim Davis" Huckabee. There is still a First Amendment in this country. And the Obama haters can't believe in both the Muslim and Rev. Wright theories, with a straight face?

    And if you want a source. Plenty of mean tweets there.

    I'm not going to run a Google search that is so entitled as to point to prejudged propaganda.

  • The Pinocchio's are a rating system used by the liberal Washington Post, the same source you used earlier in the thread.

    I read your 2nd source, which Trump tweets did you find mean?

    So you really find an anti-colonist going to a racist America hating church for 20 years a stretch?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    All of them. And look at the jerks who replied back in support. (I bet you didn't know you can click on an embedded tweet to see the whole thread.)

  • And on your stretch, I only noted that there is an inconsistency in saying he is both a Muslim (and implying a dangerous one) and a member of the TUCC. But I guess you are willing to believe anything. Maybe you should inform the redneck plant in NH and Trump about Obama's "real" religion, which Lewandowski says his jerk is defending.

  • In reply to jack:

    Maybe the President should inform the 'redneck' himself, even 'W' did a better job of conversing with the entire electorate at this stage of his Presidency. Poor Prez. O always the victim, or is it as X said, 'chickens coming home to roost.'

    Another racist Trump story.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    To repeat The 22nd Amendment has not been repealed. Get over it.

    In the meantime, while Trump still goes on the Muslim diversion, the CNN polls you relish say he has lost 27% of his supposed support.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Apparently Jack you're not the only one in favor of the feds money printing.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I thought you said polls don't matter.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Note, I said supposed support. Get some reading glasses.

    I also said that CNN was doing a good job of manipulating this election campaign for its own purposes.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    And apparently you have major reading comprehension issues. I said that I didn't know if it was a good economic policy, just that your analogy was invalid.

    Apparently you lied about not being able to do links on your pad, too.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm not on my iPad, I also said I couldn't do links to Google searches, meaning as opposed to web sites, different process.....trending comprehension issues.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Where is the moral backbone of the Democratic party?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Why do you ask, when obviously you support a candidate with none?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    No, it isn't a different process,and since you said you were referring to a WP article, you could have linked to the article. More lies.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes it is.

    I said I couldn't hyperlink a google search. I wanted you to see all the results of the search, not just one article.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Too bad I said I wasn't interested.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Sorry, no it isn't. Again, you didn't comprehend the linked source. If your browser has a url bar, you copy what is in it when the search is on the screen.

    You really are having a bad day.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Nope, I told you the iPad doesn't give you the url on searches.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    'You really are having a bad day.'

    Is that the line Trump used on Rand Paul?

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