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Friday, October 06, 2006

This is how the right wing noise machine works

I wrote a long post earlier on how Drudge is utilized to validate lies that can be then referenced as journalistic fact when needed. Here's an example.

Drudge has since pulled this "exclusive" because it was proven false, but last night, Congressman Chris Cannon (R-Ut) used the Drudge story, referencing it to minimize the situation.
"These kids are actually precocious kids," Cannon, R-Utah, told KSL Radio's Nightside. "It looks like uh, maybe this one email is a prank where you had a bunch of kids sitting [around] egging this guy on."

Blatant lies validated by Drudge. This is how it works.

UPDATE: NYTimes on the Foley politics. "Talk radio hosts, working off a list of talking points distributed by Republican Party officials...."

4 Comments:

  • Mark Halperin, head wanker at The Note and ABC News political director, was doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble on the Upper West Side tonight and I almost went so I could give him shit about his affection and admiration for Drudge, Rove, Mehlman et al. But I was afraid I'd get too pissed off at him and really make a scene. I'm not kidding. Fuckers like Halperin are the reason why Drudge, Rove, Mehlman et al. get away with their bullshit and the world would be a much better place if he weren't in it.

    Needless to say, I came home and watched the Tigers/Yankees game instead. I think I made the right choice. I got to hear Ernie Harwell for two innings, which was pretty cool, and watch Kenny Rogers throw a really good game (at least so far.) And I didn't get escorted out of B & N for telling Halperin what a fucking piece of shit he is. Or worse, arrested. Heck, if you say anything bad to any of the administration people or their allies these days, you can get arrested and declared an "enemy combatant."

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 10:02 PM  

  • Oh man, if you're going to get arrested, I don't think Halperin is the guy to do it over.

    I just hope you didn't see Hardball today where the Republican Congressman said the only thing left to wrap up everything we need to know about Foley is to get Pelosi and Emanuel to testify under oath.

    I actually on my drink.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:07 PM  

  • Mike, I did see that segment on Hardball. I was in my allergist's office actually, so I didn't throw anything at the TV, but I sure felt like it.

    At least Matthews challenged the lies Jack Kingston and the other Republican Congressmen were spewing on the show. My favorite part was when Matthews said "Do you have any evidence, any proof, that Pelosi and Rahm are behind the Foley matter," and Kingston says "No, we don't have any evidence proving that Rahm and Pelosi are behind the Foley matter, but we also don't have any evidence that they're not behind it."

    Is that the new burden of proof in Bush' America? Those accused of false charges must provide evidence that they're not guilty?

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 7:12 AM  

  • That's it.

    Funny choice of words at the end, "burden of proof." I immediately flashed to trial setting and the detainee bill.

    So, I think, yes. That is now the new burden of proof in Bush America.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:34 PM  

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