It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. -- Mark Twain
You've got to give it to the meatheads who voted for Il Douche. If they they have learned absolutely nothing else (and they haven't) they have finally learned some message discipline. They have never to use the "F" word ("Fox") when repeating something ludicrous as gospel to someone who is not a card-carrying fellow member of the Tribe That Rubs Shit In Their Hair.
Instead, they insist they heard these things in "the media".
On CNN! (No, it wasn't on CNN.)
On FaceBook (Big fucking deal.)
You can Google it!
But the thing is, the meatheads never Google it do they? They're never more than four or five mouse-clicks away from the facts that would put paid to their paranoid little lies, and instead -- over and over again, year after year after year -- they choose to pay people in suits to fill their empty heads with the lies that make them happy and shriek and bellow whenever anyone tries to pry them out of their toxic stupor.
For example, from MediaIte:
Fox Deceptively Edits Obama Interview to Falsely Claim He Told Illegal Immigrants to Voteby Alex Griswold | 11:48 am, November 7th, 2016Fox Business Network used a deceptively edited clip of President Barack Obama Monday to argue that the president encouraged illegal immigrants to vote, when in fact he had done nothing of the sort....
The doctored video is there, the doctored transcript is there, and the original transcript is there, and what is abundantly clear is that Fox News' Stuart Varney knowingly perpetrated a massive fraud on his viewers and that if he worked at a reputable news outfit and not Roger Ailes' Wingnut Whorehouse and Vomitorium he would have been shitcanned immediately.
What is also abundantly clear is that Mr. Varney's lies worked just the way they were supposed to. That Fox News knows it audience and knows that the bigots and imbeciles who make up the GOP base sop this poison up with a biscuit.
And the thing is, it no longer even matters if you catch them red-handed repeating seditious drivel or racist nonsense, because they have also all been trained in the Four Magic Words that will bail them out of any tricky situation: Both. Side. Do. It.
In my myriad encounters with wingnuts over the decades, I have found that once you back them into any tight corner, they will either claim to be an "Independent" and therefor somehow have no responsibility for the catastrophe they eagerly voted for, or they will aver that repeating flagrant lies is no great shakes because Both Sides Do It.
Which is why I have always firmly believed that, of all the perverts and lunatics clogging up our representative democracy, none are more dangerous than Beltway Both Siderists. Because while the bigots and imbeciles and demagogues on the Right do real and lasting damage to this country, they could never have gotten away with doing so much damage for so long -- could never have elected Donald J. Trump -- without the Beltway Both Siderists right beside them to provide them with alibis and drive their getaway cars.