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September 02, 2008

Don't Believe a Damn Thing Lefties Write About the Palins

One silly bit of made-up information I've been confronted with is the frequent assertion by lefties that Levi Johnston is, and I quote, an "eighth grader." I'd seen that claim made two or three times on different web-sites... including this one, via one of our Moby Trolls.

When someone asked me about this (she had just read it herself), I tried to make sense of it, and tried to imagine why the hell a 17 year old girl would be dating an "eighth grader," and how it was possible they could be married with him at that age, and what kind of absolutely horrible marriage that would turn out to be.

And what about statutory rape? That's quite an age difference. Four or five years means a lot at that age.

And then the dime dropped, and I asked, "Who the hell says he's an eighth grader? The same lefties who claim that Trig is an incestuous love child of Bristol?"

The thing is, they just keep repeating crap like this over and over. One of these shits makes it up, and the rest just start repeating it.

Then Madame MuscleGlutes sees if she can push it into the mainstream.

The normal state we exist in is to assume most information we read is true, or sorta true, or true-ish.

We assume that people may be biased or just plain wrong. But we don't assume that hundreds of people conspire together to coordinate a lie they not only positively know is false, but they happen to know that first-hand, as they themselves invented the facts a couple of hours ago.

That's a weird thing: Coordinated mass lying. Shit is slipping by us that we're assuming might be true or somewhat true (those missing months of Bristol's when she was carrying baby Trig, that "Alaskan Airline crew members stated Palin didn't look pregnant," etc.) just because we're simply not used to thousands of people agreeing to spread deliberate lies to as many people as they can. The fact that multiple people on multiple websites are claiming it, seemingly independently, tricks us into thinking, subconsciously maybe, "Gee, they must have gotten that from some article; they all couldn't just be lying in unison."

Or could they?

I'll print this posting found at DU, tipped to me by the great Larwyn, again:

122. What many here don't understand. It doesn't matter if it's true or not. RUMOR IS TRUTH.

The modern laws of media hype and political warfare have a useful tenet:

Repeat ANYTHING or raise false concern over ANYTHING and it is likely to be planted in the conscious/subconscious of many voters.

If people start to think that there might be something fishy with Palin's last kid (if hers), then that's FINE. One more doubt (whether tied to reality or not) is another hesitation at the ballot box.

GET WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE. The "rising above it" bullshit has served us so well in the past, hasn't it?

If you have problems with the story, then STFU and get out of the way of Dems who are engaged in MODERN POLITICAL WARFARE. Go tend your garden or some other pedestrian task, because the "concern trolls" are not helping shape the message.

J

So now I kind of have it stuck in my head that Bristol's soon to be husband is an eighth grader.

Except he's not. He's 18 and just graduated high school.

Not really the "eighth grader" I was expecting him to be.

Seriously, be aware, there is a deliberate and -- I guess the word is "cynical," but that seems to understate the situation so grossly -- viciously, haughtily cynical effort to simply put out as many lies as possible and repeat them as frequently as possible.

The old rule that lurks in the back of our minds is inoperative: "This many people can't all just be deliberately spreading the same lie!"

As their cult leader says: "Yes we can."

"They must be held accountable:" Um, I'm sorry -- accountable for what?

Obama and the Blogs: Is Obama behind this?

It is kinda true that suddenly every left-wing source was pushing this story -- or, as in Colmes' case, where he was too timid to push the story itself, he pushed a related story that didn't accuse Palin of faking a pregnancy but "raised questions" about why she'd board a flight in such a delicate condition. (Wink, wink.)

Talking Points Memo and Kos and Sullivan of course get Obama tips. Did Axelrod suggest to Sullivan the story was worth pursuing? It is almost too ludicrous to even imagine Sullivan didn't ask Axelrod about the story's provenance before running it.

And, well... who knows who "ArcXIX" will turn out to be.

But I don't think that Obama has to encourage his cultists to be rotten lying inhuman bastards. They seem to be eager self-starting volunteers.

Obama definitely is pushing stuff on to the lefty bloggers after the MSM turns it down -- stuff like wild claims about the race card and white women, etc. -- but this still seems to be a pure nutroots sort of thing. It's their particular insane style.


Hmmm... If Obama's pledged to not spread this sort of filth, isn't he required to stop all aides from communicating with/coordinating with/tipping Kos and Sullivan?

Hmmm II: Check out how Obama's cultists are setting up Moby sites to attack Palin and McCain.

(Note: Read through to the update at the end before you blow your gasket too much; the guy running these sites says he has no connection to Obama's campaign. Whether that's true or not, who knows. Let's say he has no official, provable connection and let it lie at that.)

Edit: I quoted a source who Mr. Right told me wasn't necessarily authoritative. Since the quote really didn't advance what I was saying much, anyway, I've decided discretion is the better part of valor and just omitted the reference.


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