Sunday, April 17, 2011

Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of 'misinformation'

Too good not to share.

Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of 'misinformation' - CNN.com

You get the idea. But the problem is much bigger than Jon Kyl. Colbert is going to have to get a bigger hashtag. Because we're heading to a strange place where Daniel Patrick Moynihan's truism "everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts" no longer applies.

Exhibit B this week: Donald Trump's re-enflaming of the thoroughly discredited birther conspiracy theory. When he repeats this falsehood in interviews, he is too often treated as a man with an unorthodox opinion, not someone repeating a lie on national television.

As a result, more people are duped and the country more divided, not on the many rational reasons to oppose President Obama's policy agenda but on paranoid fantasies cut out of whole cloth.



That last line contains the entire issue. There are plenty of good reasons for people to disagree about--but they being shoved out of the way by ideological goo.

1 comment:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

This Colbert piece was funny.

Kyl was an idiot for his response. However, if Colbert were to press Tom Barrett on his constant sewage dumping,I bet that answer would make Kyl look like a rocket scientist by comparison.

I'm going to write Colbert to do a piece on Tom's sewage dumping. I bet Barrett will refuse to go on the show.

After all, wasn't it Nancy Pelosi that refused to let Dem reps. on the show? They were looking like worse idiots than Kyl when Colbert interviewed them.

You want these jokers running your health care?

Really?