When Will Rational People Take Back Conservatism from People Like Rush?

For those who missed it:

Rush Was Punked: “Obama Thesis” Hoax

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93122?fp=1

The evidence just keeps piling up, doesn’t it? Of late, there’s the ongoing lies about the MIT report on climate change and the refusal by some to stop misquoting and misrepresenting it. Now this. The level of desperation and complete lack of ethics and integrity is awesome.

I’m thinking that self-described “conservatives” ought to be getting more than a little nervous. Conservatism is rapidly becoming synonymous with fanaticism. Unless rational people take back the cause and start to ostracize lunatics and liars like Limbaugh, Beck, O’Reilly, Coulter and all the rest, your ranks are going to continue to shrink. Those people aren’t journalists or news people, they’re commentators. Actually, they are snake oil salesmen. They know how to make a buck from a gullible audience!

I know, I know. I’m running the risk of offending someone by implying that listeners of Rush, Fox News, and the like are gullible. How about naive? Overly trusting? Seems tame, actually, to some of the names I’ve been called. Besides, I’m not name-calling. I’m just offering my observations and describing them in general terms.

Look, Rush’s only talent is to spin. At the end of the day, that’s all Fox News does, too. Yes, I do watch it. Not with any devout regularity, mind you. Mostly on Sunday mornings as I tend not to watch very much TV.

Slogan or not, Fox News does not report and let you decide. They comment and try to make you feel like you’re some kind of an idiot if you don’t see it their way, too.

And Rush’s mea culpa (http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200910230019) is the real coup de grace. He’s caught red-handed and has the audacity to try to reframe his being caught in his own trap of misinformation and commentary as unimportant and even ok. People have lied about him. And….and… and……..besides…….he knows what’s in the president’s heart and mind even if the so-called story he was reporting isn’t true.

Doesn’t this tell any thinking and rational American that Rush and people like him have zero credibility? None. Nada. Zilch.

So, I’ll say it. To all the Dittoheads out there – wake up. Your emperor and his court – all the “beacons” of neo-conservatism – have no clothes. They are entertainers. They are hucksters. They do and say anything that makes them money. And they make tons of money the way all money is made in media – from advertisers who, in the case of conservative talk radio and neo-con news outlets, want to reach what I think are probably the most gullible people in America – O’Reilly Factor watchers, Beckheads, the Savage Nation, and listeners of EIB.

If what I’ve written offends anyone, I am sorry you feel that way but I’m not sorry for saying it. If you’re interested in helping me to understand why we should admire and respect nut cases like Rush, Beck, Savage, or the next layer of lunacy lorded over by Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter and anyone else associated with conservative commentary or news, then I’m happy to have that discussion.

Just don’t go all weak-kneed-nanny-nanny-boo-boo-Keith-Olbermann, ok? K.O. is simply the liberal mirror image of Beck. He knows how to make money by telling people what they want to hear, too.

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