Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Wacko Wing & The News Pundits

So what's the deal with all the right-wing pundits feeding the wacko wing of the Republican party?

  1. Are they just crazy and insane?
  2. Are they just filled with hate and want to stir up a fake controversy with mean nasty partisan politics?
  3. Are they un-American and un-patriotic and trying to harm America?
  4. Are they trying to copy Glenn Beck and get some of those crazy wacko wing FOX News viewers to boost their ratings?

I think it's #4. They've seen Glenn Beck act crazy, as hell as he plays a full throated lunatic, and they've watched his ratings soar. They've discovered that there are lots of wacko wingnut Republicans and they've said screw this honest reporting bit, I want me some of those wackos and big ratings. Which do you think it is?


Infidel753 said...

Probably different motives for different people, including mixes of several in some cases.

I don't think you can rule out "1" (they actually believe it) with quite a few of them. The only reason the birth certificate blather is getting ratings is that there are people out there who believe it's a genuine issue. It wouldn't be surprising if some of those true believers are themselves among the right-wing media hacks.

Remember, we're talking about a constituency much of which believes that the Earth is 6,000 years old, global warming is a scam, and second-hand cigarette smoke isn't dangerous. These are not exactly people who have a firm grip on reality.

Anonymous said...

It's good to be King

Barack Obama

Anonymous said...

It's time to play that again called"Name That Party"

by Michael Boh said...

They actually make me nervous, because they make me worry about the future of the country. They make me wonder what the hell is happening to us. Is somebody out there brainwashing otherwise reasonable people?

How can we govern the ship of state if it's full of crazy people. I just don't know what to think about the modern Republican Party, and it's inexplicable continued support. I feel like I've veered off into bizarro-world sometimes, desperate to get back to where everything makes sense again.

Anonymous said...

It's time to play that game called"Name That Party"

Anonymous said...

Okay better link. Now we can play Name that Party

Infidel753 said...

Michael -- I don't think the problem is any bigger than it ever was. There have always been people who believed in nutty things, both political and not. The internet just makes it easier for them to reinforce each other, establish a community among themselves, and gain visibility.

Infidel753 said...

Note to Conrad: Looks like you've picked up a troll. Michael used to have a really bad one until he adopted comment moderation -- I've always used it, and very rarely suffer from attempted trolling. It's true that comment moderation turns off some people, but it does keep your comment threads from being pulled off track. Just a thought.

Conrad Strong said...

Thanks for the comments you guys. I guess we've always had crazies with all sorts of lies and conspiracies theories to about but in the age of the internet and instant news, they just seem to feed on each other, as Infidel has pointed out. They are somewhat entertaining, just so long as the majority of people can sort out what is fact and fiction.

I'll turn on the comment moderation. I don't mind dissenting debate as long as it's on topic and rational. But there is no reason to let anyone hijack a thread and take it way off course.