Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Beck, O'Lielly, Hannity, etc will all fail miserably if they took a polygraph test and still would convince their believers a liberal administered the test therefore it is not valid.<quoted text>
Sorry, but facts are not accepted in birfoon/birhterland. They deal in hate phantasms and actually believe what they invent.
Truth Is for 'Liberals'
Here we are, five and a half years into the Bush Administration, and the press corps still hasn't figured out how to handle the White House's primary tactic of media management: lying./ June 26, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/l3b978d
During George W. Bush's first term, reporters had a powerful confluence of motivations for their difficulty in calling the President to task. First was tradition; mere journalists lacked the authority to call a President a liar. Second, post-9/11 they were intimidated by Bush's McCarthyite with-us-or-ag'in-us rhetoric as well as by a bloodthirsty right-wing punditocracy.(New York Times White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller admitted that she and her colleagues found it "frightening to stand up there," and "no one wanted to get into an argument with the President at this very serious time.")
Because the mainstream media make a fetish of a particularly brainless form of objectivity, the Bush Administration has been able to deceive the American public on a dizzying array of issues, from war to economics to science to, well, you name it. Lying has usually damaged the Presidents who do it, as I argued in my book When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences. But the media proved so timid in the face of this Administration's deceptions that the reckoning was delayed long enough for Bush to squeak into a second term.
Pundits, Politics, and Plutocracy
The Death of Reality and the Origins of Cynicism
July 9, 2013 / http://tinyurl.com/mgfevb3
There’s a new axis of evil in town consisting of: 1) the uber rich and powerful; 2) the massive lobbying/think tank/media establishment they fund; and 3) the politicians they’ve bought – from both parties.
We the people are the casualties.
This axis uses fear, distraction and wedge issues to change the national discussion from what people care most about, and what will affect us most, to ancillary issues. For example, the Koch brothers-funded ALEC is spewing out venomous anti-abortion legislation, just when the Fourth Amendment is being trashed, our pockets picked and our future destroyed.
Let’s look at some of the distorted discussions going on right now, and the reality behind them./ http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/09