There is a spot-on reply by commenter pico to this particular entry, one that highlights something that is at the very heart of conservatarian propaganda:
On a broader note, what Horowitz is doing is not surprising: this method of argumentation is the Right's most common and most pernicious: argument by anecdotal evidence. Think about it:
This is Bill O'Reilly's favorite technique, incidentally. No background, no research, no context - just stories about 'crazy' people that are used to formulate his personal war on culture.
- A school in some podunk community changes the lyrics to "Silent Night" = War on Christmas.
- A minority is offended by some term his/her boss uses = Political Correctness run amok.
- A comment left on Michelle Malkin's weblog = the Left is unhinged.
- A teacher asks for a moment of silence instead of outright calling it prayer = War on Religion in the classroom.
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Take, for example, this Reuters article on several towns in Vermont that have passed resolutions calling for Bush's impeachment. Although any coverage of impeachment efforts is, in a sense, good publicity, the reporter makes every effort to make clear, just as Hannity or O'Reilly would, that these are fringe lunatics. These "sleepy" Vermont communities, it notes, are gaining a "renegade" image.
Read a bit further, and the Republican talking point leaps off the page at you. "OUTSIDE POLITICAL MAINSTREAM" reads the section heading midway down the page. And then, just to make this a bit more clear, the reporter writes, "The idea of impeaching Bush resides firmly outside the political mainstream." (No, they haven't pasted in a GOP Press Release, though you could be forgiven for thinking so.) It goes on to say that given that Democrats have been loathe to approach Feingold's censure reolution (for all of TWO DAYS), and that therefore these nutcases (okay, unlike a Hannity that word is implied rather than stated here) are, yes, Outside the Political Mainstream. They use, of course, exactly zero polls to back this up, but it's oh so Truthy just the same. Firmly! Outside! Political Mainstream!
Brought to you by the So-Called Liberal Media.
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So it has been extremely encouraging to this observer how well the Democrats seem to be doing in sticking with the "Culture of Corruption" theme in this election year. (John Kerry's remarks on This Week are the latest example.) The Democratic Party even has an entire (well-designed) page on their website about it. Unlike most of the GOP's truthy lies, it is based on fundamental truths, and if repeated enough, it might be that rarest of beasts, both true and truthy.
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The only way to respond to this kind of horrific rhetoric seems to be in kind, and no one has mastered this more than Hunter. To excerpt just one piece of his as always brilliant writing:
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