On WCRN this morning the talk was the why’s of the conspiracy theories and their success. A look at memeorandum shows that they are alive and well.
As I’ve written before you have the 1% of the population as Crazy Uncles and that 1% is empowered by the net. They gather acolytes and followers and like a pyramid scheme the people at the top tend to make their living off of their followers at the bottom.
In a free society you are going to get some of this of course. This contrasts with an unfree society where a government will put out a falsehood and force feed it to a public that can’t get alternate information or a cult where other information is simply ignored…
…which brings us to the misnamed Think Progress who are not crazy uncles but who in my opinion operate like a well-financed cult.
Looking at the Breitbart sites there is article after article about killing of Bin Laden and what it means. Breitbart’s own tweets complement the president over this success. The single article by J. Michael Walker on Big Peace talks primarily about the proper propaganda use of this victory and concludes thus:
I’m going to raise a mug of beer and munch a Hebrew National pork sausage to celebrate the brave CIA men who took bin Laden down.
Then it’s back to work to destroy what the al Qaeda leader left behind. That means piling dirt on bin Laden’s legacy, destroying his appeal, and providing the world with all the necessary facts to heap humiliation on anyone who insists on continuing to follow his cause.
Yup, sounds like denial to me.
Thus the double bait and switch, not only do they misrepresent the base article but they attribute that misrepresentation to Breitbart himself with the goal of making him “untouchable” by “respectable” opinion people. This is vital because unlike Think Progress’ own pieces in context they don’t chase away the general public.
Andrew being Andrew instantly took the bull by the horns:
That is pure projection by the institutional left, which can neither celebrate American victories in the war on terror, nor mourn American tragedies like Tuscon, without politicizing them.
So I am challenging the left to prove what it is alleging.
If anyone can prove that I believe American special forces did not kill Osama bin Laden, I will donate one million dollars to ThinkProgress.emphasis mine
Put up or shut up, John Podesta. And let Americans celebrate as one.
You know there were a lot of people behind the iron curtain who were paid to write propaganda, Think Progress carries on that fine tradition today.
Update: Speaking of crazy uncles
Update 2: Another crazy uncle self identifies.