October 26, 2022

I suppose it was just a matter of time before fanboy Joe Scarborough would invite Todd Rundgren onto Morning Joe. When I saw him on my teevee this morning, I was in a state of disbelief. But Todd, the Ultimate Artist, did not disappoint!

After a conversation about the various periods of pop music, they veered off into politics.

"You're also very into politics, and I would argue that it's an interesting period right now. So what do you make of the current state of America?" Elise Jordan asked.

She probably thought he'd give some pithy political sound byte, but this is Todd -- and our Todd frequently speaks in parables.

"Well, I put an album out about -- I think this was in 2005, and the title of the album was 'Liars.' And I have this tendency sometimes to be a little bit prophetic in the music that I make. And at the time, it wasn't necessarily about politics. It was just about the human tendency to be dishonest in great and small ways," Todd said.

"In other words, if someone says, 'How do you like my new hairdo?' and you don't like it, but you say, 'It looks great on you.' You're trying to find ways not to lie and sometimes there's no way you can't. So I made a record about all the ways that people are dishonest with each other. I never thought that a political party would make that a canon, you know, that essentially the reason why Liz Cheney isn't in the Republican party was because she refused to lie.

"In other words, to be a Republican means that you have to first and foremost be able to lie. And lie until you get cornered and then you never apologize for lying, you never admit that you lied, you just shut up at that point or go on to another lie. And that especially irks me, having done a record about all of the ways that people will consciously and unconsciously be dishonest with each other."

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.