Tuesday, August 24, 2010

When was the last time you beat your spouse?

It is easy to pull the strings. 46% of republicans believe that President Obama is a Muslim. Forgetting for a second the big SO WHAT IF HE IS that the question deserves, look at how the story has (re)developed and spread. First some politico makes a half-ass statement like, "I guess we'll have to take him at his word that he's a Christian"... and the demagogues on radio then say, "I don't have to take him at his word, he's no christian"... and the ole' boys who are busting their ass cutting the grass, and pumping shit catch 20 minutes of Rush or Hannity on the radio between jobs and hear something about Obama being a Muslim and then on Saturday night at the VFW somebody says, "I hear Obama's a Muslim, sounds right he's got a name that fits"... and the politicians mission is accomplished.

It's an old political trick... I don't believe my opponent is a _________ or that they ______________... and that's all it takes. It's been this way forever, but with the internet and 24 hours "news" channels, it's a different game with different outcomes. It obviously helps that conservatives have convinced their base that FOX and talk radio are the only news you can trust, then they can blatantly lie and get away with it. Just like I talked about in the previous post - federal salaries, ACORN, Shirley Sherrod, and then like magic the cultural center being built at a Burlington Coat Factory, FUNDED BY THE 2nd largest stock holder of FOX NEWS, becomes a Mosque at Ground Zero supported by our Muslim President...

Timothy Egan at the NYTimes has a brilliant take on the issue, in the aptly titled "Building a Nation of Know Nothings" here.

Rachel Maddow with a recent example of how this works in this video. In this case you have a candidate saying something like I don't endorse spreading rumors that my opponent is gay... hard to believe that this Senate candidate was endorsed by Palin isn't it?

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