If you haven’t heard, rightwing slime mongerer James O’Keefe struck again and managed to give National Public Radio (NPR) a black eye, although to a considerable extent, this was a self-inflicted wound. Over at Whiskey Fire, Thers makes a very astute observation (italics mine):
The most bizarre aspect of this wingnut “sting” is its intended “gotcha.” What the wingnuts thought they would be able to “prove” is that NPR is a biased socialist left-wing organization that would be thrilled to spread Islamist propaganda for a hefty paycheck.
What got the NPR executives fired was their alleged meanie comments about the Teabaggers being racists.
But the O’Keefe ratfuckers did not set this up in order to “bust” NPR executives as media moguls who do not like conservatives.
No, they hypothesized that NPR executives would be delighted to take money from shadowy Muslims and use it to undermine American security.
In this they were proved decisively wrong, in that the NPR executives did not take the money.
And in connecting the dots to the conservative–and O’Keefe-related attempt to smear Planned Parenthod–Thers is dead on target:
That “sting” depended upon the right-wing fantasy that there exist extensive well-organized juvenile “sex-trafficking” rings, something that upon even cursory examination turns out to be utter crap.
What I’m getting at is that I don’t think it is at all recognized the degree to which right-wing “ideas” are merely the emanations of a carefully constructed, internally coherent, yet deeply nonsensical folklore. It’s a hothouse cargo cult that scavenges in plain sight, battening off frequent, generous Fox News airdrop cultivation.
What the O’Keefe “stings” should reveal, objectively, is that Matt Taibbi was far too kind to them, but basically correct: they have no capacity or desire to cope with empirical reality.
What’s also notable is how quickly the Tea Partiers are able to adopt and discard lines of ‘argument’: if NPR isn’t Muslimnist, then NPR is ‘liberal.’
We see the same thing all the time with creationists. And that’s not a coincidence–there’s a lot of overlap between the Tea Party and the creationists.