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Exposing misinformation does squat.
-- Christopher Hayes.It's a weird and painful sentiment coming from someone who has chosen a career in journalism, but it's true. It's true because, as every writer knows we understand, explain and predict our world through narrative. As tribal creatures, we tend to share and adapt the narratives of those around us. And as tribal creatures living in a mass media culture, "those around us" includes entities like Hate Radio and Fox News.
All of which means that once someone has accepted Roger Ailes or Rush Limbaugh as trusted sources on knowledge of the world around them, and once they have woven Conservative lies deep into their personal Bayeux Tapestry, they will hang onto those beloved lies like grim death.
THE TRIUMPH OF ARRANT BULLSHIT ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACTLies work.
By Charles P. Pierce on March 11, 2014
This may be the saddest quote I have ever seen in a newspaper.
When advised of the details of her Blues' plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper "can't be true." "I personally do not believe that," Boonstra said.Even granting that the administration did a rotten job selling and/or explaining the Affordable Care Act -- Get Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick started on that sometime -- this quote is immeasurably tragic. It represents a kind of final victory for mean-spirited and uncharitable propaganda over reality, a triumph for misinformation, sabotage, and arrant bullshit in the service of a cruel ideology and faceless oligarchy. It is a measure of the failure of all of our institutions, which definitely includes my own, which allowed charlatans and frauds to hijack too much of the public debate. I pray for this woman's recovery...
And Big Lies -- repeated over and over again -- work best.
So, what is the Biggest Big Lie of all?
"Both Sides Do It". Hands down. Not even close.
This is the trap-door through which the Pig People escape accountability for the lies upon which they build their world, and that continue to blow up in their faces, every time, over and over again.
And until this line of retreat -- this lie of retreat -- is destroyed and Conservatives are forced to fight for their horrible ideas on their merits and not on the basis that they are less horrible than the antics of imaginary hippies, we will continue to lose.