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More Arguments From Intimidation

Our favorite cable news host on Letterman giving the leftist narrative of the Sherrod scandal.  It has all the elements of a good argument from intimidation.  Starting with a distortion of the facts.

They [the White House] were several layers down.

Of course Fox was a layer deeper than the White House only reporting on the story after the firing had happened.  This is woven into an explanation of the behavior based on the  moral depravity of the target which is assumed as a premise and not to be questioned.

You can’t count on people who are unscrupulous to stop doing unscrupulous things.  If you’re going to run a so-called media organization that’s really a political hack-job operation, they’re gonna do political hack-jobs. 

Letterman: So in the collective ideology of Fox and others, to what end, what is the objective of this sort of nonsense?

Maddow: Scaring white people is good politics on the conservative side of the spectrum.

About Bill O’reilly: He’s just doing this because that’s where the money is.

They accuse the right of fanning the flames of racial discord which I find downright humorous.  She says that the solution is CNN and MSNBC debunking the story but she doesn’t mention that Fox also spent the whole day debunking it and she actually says that the best remedy is “sheer mockery.”  Not facts, mockery!  This is one of those candid moments when they expose their real strategy.  Finally they finish it off by calling you a simpleton if you happen to agree with anyone on Fox.

I don’t think you can be as smart as [O’reilly]  is and actually believe what he believes.

Notice that he doesn’t mention what O’reilly actually believes.  This narrative is everywhere on tv except for Fox.  If you watch Fox you can’t help but notice that it’s complete nonsense.  But as long as they can get you to not watch Fox, then they keep you in the dark eating out of their hands.  They have to do this by convincing you that Fox is just money-grubbing, racist, republican hitmen.  Also notice the subtle dangerous points like this.

How much time and energy was wasted because this _____ was ______ around?

In other words, wouldn’t we be better off if we didn’t have quite so much free speech?  Don’t fall for that.  By the way, earlier in the interview Letterman equates “liberalism” with objectivity.

You have the people at Fox who represent a screamin’ right-wing conservative viewpoint and then you have MSNBC which is a little more objective, a little more liberal.

He also calls her show “very popular” which is stretching a subjective statement to it’s absolute limit… (remember the answer is sheer mockery, haha)

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