Good NYT opinion piece this week about what could charitably be called our culture of bullshit. It starts off pretty laughably:
Having shed much of his dignity, core convictions and reputation for straight talk, Senator John McCain won his primary on Tuesday against the flat-earth wing of his party. Now McCain can go search for his lost character, which was last on display late in his 2008 campaign for president.
As if McCain hadn’t shed what few convictions, decency and humanity he may have had long before early fall of 2008. But the best part is this, about how the obviously retarded claim that Obama is a Muslim has spread:
On the Muslim deception, Limbaugh has sprinkled lie dust all over the place. “Obama says he’s a Christian, but where’s the evidence?” he said on Aug. 19. He has repeatedly called the president “imam Obama,” and said, “I’m just throwing things out there, folks, because people are questioning his Christianity.”
Fox News and similar bullshit artists spread lies using these tactics all the time. With the solo bullshit operators, like Limbaugh, everything is just phrased in the form of a question. For example: Is it possible that Rush Limbaugh is a homosexual? He’s been married four times and has no children. I’m just throwing things out there, folks, because people are questioning his sexuality.
When you have entire networks centered around lies, like Fox News, they use different methods to perpetuate lies. Since their programming is supposed to be a mix of opinion-oriented shows and (nominal) “actual news”, the “actual news” programs can use journalistic weasel words like “some say” before spouting their egregious bullshit: “Some say Obama is a Muslim.” Of course, “some people” in this instance is whatever dumbshit was on half an hour ago or last night. Just an internal circle of falsehood generation.
The worst part, of course, is that supposedly reputable news outlets never call anyone on their lies. It’s bad for business, for reasons I cannot begin to comprehend.