Sunday, July 7, 2013

Pot, Kettle, Black

My man, Noel Shepard of ultra right-wing Newsbusters fame, is a regular here at RIFS, mainly due to the fact that he manages to be even more oblivious than your average right-winger (which is quite an accomplishment). The other day he wrote something that I thought deserves some kind of award in lack of self awareness:

Have you ever wondered if conspiracy theorists actually live in their own world with little contact with anything close to reality?

Take Alex Jones for example who on a recent radio broadcast actually said, "I will defeat Rush Limbaugh in the free market of ideas. People, people like this show more than his"

 Oh, lordy lord.

Sorry, Noel. Alex Jones may be a putz, but neither you nor anyone at this point who identifies with your side, has any right to mock others for being conspiracy theorists. Conspiracy theories have pretty much been your bread and butter since Newt Gingrich waddled his way into power back in the 90s.

Whether it's thinking (and I use the term very loosely) that delaying approvals for Teabagger organizations was some brilliant plan hatched by Obama to win the election, or making the BLS cook the books with a completely average jobs bump for the same reason, or that there's a vast climatological industrial complex, or insisting that totalitarian regimes were identified by universal health, or that even the likes of Bill O'Reillly and Sean Hannity are in on the BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! coverup, you assholes have the loony bin market completely cornered.

If we go line by line and note the differences in Mr. Shepard's and Alex Jones' beliefs, I'm pretty sure we'll find very, very little disagreement on most areas. And every conspiracy theory I mentioned in the previous paragraph, is something I doubt  Mr. Shepard would disagree with as well.

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