By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – There wasn’t much humor to be found in yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing featuring former FBI Director James Comey.

But one moment was so absurd I had to laugh out loud, maybe to keep from crying.

At one point Comey described a conversation with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who he says asked him not to refer publicly to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her computer as an “investigation.”

What should he call it? A “matter,” she suggested.

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey during a press conference at the Department of Justice on March 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Comey has a good poker face, but even he had to fight back a smirk, it looked like to me.

He told the committee he agreed, knowing that no one in the media would call it a “matter,” and that proved to be true. They all called it what it was; an “investigation.”

How ridiculous.

But this kind of stuff goes on all the time, because if you control the language used to describe things, you can control the branding and the public perception of what’s going on.

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Former FBI Director James Comey before a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC, June 8, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

Consider the oxymoronic official name for Obamacare, the “Affordable Care Act,” which it has turned out not to be for many customers.

Perhaps mindful of the backlash against that subterfuge, the Republicans named their recent dud of an Obamacare replacement the “American Health Care Act,” which also deserves scorn given how many millions of Americans will lose their health care if it is enacted.

Why do politicians think they can get away with this stuff?

Because they think we’re stupid, and enough of us are to fuel the farce.

But let’s not use that controversial word.

Let’s just say some of us are “counter-intelligent.”

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Comments (6)
  1. For me it was when Senator McCain was asking guestions. Scary

  2. Intersting, Jon, the cogent comment that I posted here yesterday is gone.

    Are you trying to keep statements that don’t comport with your views of the world from being seen?

    Sorry. You’ve lost it, sir.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      Interesting. Maybe he figured out who is removing my comments……Owl ;)

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        wink wink to you and your crew

  3. Thank you for returning it to public view.

    Can you explain to us why it was removed in the first place?

  4. Oh, my…Now the comment is gone again. Is another change to the commenting system in the offing? It should be, because this one is an absolute disaster.

    I have repeatedly told you, Bees, I have not reported any of your comments, or any of anyone else’s comments here ever…even the ones that sank into vulgarity. That’s not my style.

    If I disagree with you, I will say so. And I will tell you why as I am doing it. I would have thought that you would have twigged to that LONG, LONG ago.

    And an aside, if I may…I hope your move to places far outside the beltway has been both pleasant and rewarding.

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