"A grand collection of logical fallacies." I can think of no better words to characterize the body of "liberal" political thought.
Posted: March 11, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
Nothing promotes popular culture libel – the propagation of myths, lies and misinformation in society and in popular media – as does technology. Ready access to information is only part of the equation. The remainder is ready access to publication – the ability of individuals, no matter how misinformed, to transmit into the public sphere poorly sourced, poorly analyzed, poorly reasoned pseudoscience that supports their political agenda. When a media outlet of any kind picks up a headline or a sound bite that furthers the left-leaning popular information and entertainment industry's unwritten but nonetheless shared agenda to trash conservatives and libertarians, that bite, clip or statement is repeated ad nauseam in multimedia on the Internet, in print and on television.
This is not news. Since e-mail first became popular, often-forwarded and quite apocryphal "urban legend" messages have been relayed from user to user, furthering falsehoods concerning everything from cookie recipes to Nigerian royalty offering investment opportunities. All too often, these forwarded missives contained lies about Republicans. Remember the list of quotes Vice President Dan Quayle was alleged to have said? Many were manufactured. Then there was the e-mail purporting to reveal scientific evidence that George W. Bush had the lowest IQ of any president in the last 50 years. It turns out that was a lie, too.
But the problem isn't just e-mail. Internet blogging and video sharing allowed the functionally illiterate Rosie O'Donnell to spew hateful rhetoric even after she lost her post on "The View." A bloated, caustic liar churns out "documentaries" full of treasonous hatred and libelous falsehood ... and he wins awards for his documentaries. A former vice president creates a glorified slide presentation built on junk science, and he wins awards, too. A vapid propagandist who rose to fame as a nude model gains notoriety for claiming, falsely, that vaccines made her son autistic and that she cured him with gluten-free diets and other quackery ... and she is rewarded with her own talk show on Oprah's new television network. (That idiot is blogging to "build a following" as you read this.)
Why, even one of my favorite authors, a successful adventure novelist, uses his Twitter account almost exclusively to condemn the legions of slavering torturers he believes are lurking ominously in the wings of our military and intelligence institutions, just waiting for a chance to interrogate a prisoner inhumanely out of sheer meanness. He now writes for the often-wrong Huffington Post, a liberal scandal sheet in which any and all lies about the right are gleefully, breathlessly and uncritically repeated (if not generated). Only the fact that talk radio is dominated by conservatives makes it difficult for me to cite numerous examples in terrestrial radio – that is, now that "Air America" has all but evaporated in a puff of embezzlement-flavored smoke.
Simple lies, distortions and urban legends propagated about conservatives and libertarians all pale in comparison to what is the most coveted of all libelous popular-culture mechanisms. I refer, of course, to the study. A "study," no matter how it is produced and, more importantly, no matter how ineptly it is analyzed, is repeated without question in the popular media if that study furthers a left-wing political perspective. Such studies are presented with pious credulity as liberal holy writ, from which absurd, illogical and irrational pronouncements are foisted on the public.
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