Not a surprise really, but just a little update on how Drudge has been pushing "the message" (lies) exactly when the party wanted him to.
The headline yesterday, the "exclusive", that somehow Foley had been the lured into the IM's as some part of a page "prank," dissapeared. ABC responded
to him in their latest piece, and without so much as a mention, the 32 pt. headline screaming headline just disappeared.
The earlier claims that the page was 21, and at another point 18, both also disappeared, without comment. But the thing to make note of is that all of these claims made it on talk radio. And, look, it's even getting a reprint in the Wash Times
cloaked under "Drudge says." But notice the chicanery, the focus in "on a 21 year old." Yeah, he's 21 now. That's how time works, you idiots.
I know this should not be something I spend my time on, but it is kind of important as this is a clear display how the right wing runs their lie factory. Unattributed on Drudge for one cycle, repeated on Limbaugh and elsewhere, Drudge pulls it down, but the message (the lie) is out there.
Where "in the media" do you think Denny Hastert is referencing when he says that the whole thing is being orchestrated by Soros, Clinton, and liberal operatives? Hastert made that unfounded claim on the radio, and Drudge picked it up for six hours. So, yesterday, when Denny talks about it being out there, "it's what I hear", "it's in the media," he was indirectly referencing the talk radio rumor he helped fuel days ago.
But to the base, if they hear it on Limbaugh, it must be true. So, Drudge throws an unattributed rumor up in a screaming headline, Limbaugh listeners are lied to, and they accept it as truth because it matches what they want to be believe.
Forget the fact that all evidence is that a 52 year old Congressman was masturbating with underaged boys, and even trying to solicit sex and set up meetings with them. Drudge says.... Limbaugh says....
I'm just a victim of the left wing media. I guess that's what happens when you actually read.(By the way, I draw a strong line between "talk radio" and Drudge, simply because no news organization researches Limbaugh's ridiculous claims. The news media actually attempts to track down Drudge's stories.)
(Sorry for the off topic outburst. Back to normal programming.)