Ever since a commenter mentioned that the mustache on Joseph Farah was reminiscent of a 1970’s porn star, I have been thinking about the relation between pornography and anti-Obama smears under a concept I call “information pornography.”
Pornography is at its essence the objectivization of sex, sex removed from the context of affection or procreation and packaged to create arousal. Information pornography is the objectivization of language, removing it from the context of truth and information, and packaging it to create the arousal of false belief and anger.
This brings us to one the top purveyors of information pornography on the Internet, Joseph Farah, specializing in material for the anti-Obama/birther fetish market. After years of playing with the issue he has finally started talking like he has two of those things that appear in sexually pornographic images and come out with the statement in his September 13th WorldNetDaily column titled: Enough’s enough: Obama has conceded ineligibility that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president.
The article starts out with a joke:
For more than two years now, I have given Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt.
I wouldn’t call Farah’s doubt campaign a “benefit” and he’s gotten commentators to do the heavy duty lying (like the fake travel ban to Pakistan story) for him on the web site he publishes.
Farah’s article continues with smears designed to titillate the birthers and make any intellectually honest person puke.
One particularly salacious paragraph reads:
He [President Obama] has failed to answer the charge. He has failed to enter a plea. He has failed to show up for a hearing. Therefore, I no longer afford him the presumption of innocence.
Of course no charges have been filed, and no hearing has been held where the President was asked to appear. But information pornography is by definition detached from context.
WND published their catalog of birther porn last week.