Bob Somerby, at the Daily Howler, always a must read, today summarizes what is truly the frustration with our press corps. Lies, vast lies, that are never challenged. Instead they are given equal time and credence.
He starts by showing us how this machine of lies started and how it got fed:
Bill Clinton was a serial murderer! That notion was spread all over the land by one of our most famous preachers. Al Gore said he inspired Love Story! That fateful claim got its start in 1997, from Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd. Then there are the ludicrous claims which have driven our “policy discussions.” Again, a prominent handful:
He then goes on to discuss an article, by Dana Millbank, someone that both Somerby nor I are particularly fond of, that does do it right. Millbank takes down the Glen Beck world and his fetish with conspiracy theories, fascism, Woodrow Wilson, conflating Progressives from the Wilson era to modern progressives and the conflation of Obama with Nazis, Fascists and Socialists.
Why is Beck getting away with this far-fetched conspiracy theories and lies? He speaks them, then they become a truth just because they are spoken. Yes, we know that Fox perpetuates these stories, but why are the guys on our side, not doing the homework to challenge the lies and to expose the extremist, marginal conspiracy theorist mind-set?
If the tax cuts worked, why are we in such a mess? If European style health care failed, why are the Europeans holding on to it and why are they getting better healthcare? Social Security is not bankrupt, the money was shifted to show a lesser deficit, the Boomers paid their share, now get your hands of my Social Security.
On education, read his article from yesterday, he breaks down how the educational data is manipulated, and how the meme, with the new “Waiting For Superman” movie, is all a ploy to destroy public education, privatize it. Basically, the white middle class does really well thank you, who we fail are the people we always fail, the poor and the minorities that we have always abused. Matter of fact, better than Germany.
So, next time you watch any of the cable, television networks, or read an article that does not challenge the lies that have become truth in this country, remember who the culprits are. When you watch people who are ignorant about the basic political facts, issues and trends, there are people to blame.