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Irony meter death toll increases

WorldNetDaily reports that the Huffington Post, the number 31 most popular web site in the United States according to site tracking service alexa.com, has been purchased by AOL for $300,000,000. This is what WND boss Joseph Farah had to say:

Because Americans have been bombarded for so long with “news” that is little more than opinion, they are now finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between the two. There is no better illustration of this than the Huffington Puffington Post, which must be trafficked by every irrational, emotion-driven left-winger in the U.S. to achieve its Internet rankings.

Irony meter exploding

Of course, in fairness to Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily is more into lies and distortion than it is into plain “opinions” and it could only hope for a ranking like that of the Huffington Post. (WND is number 521 as of today). Personally, I don’t frequent either site. I guess that makes me not an “irrational, emotion-driven left-winger”.

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22 Responses to Irony meter death toll increases

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    FUTTHESHUCKUP February 14, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    Looks like that meter reached critical mass, Doc. Guess you’ll have to build a newer and stronger one.

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    US Citizen February 14, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    If you’re describing Joseph Farah’s irony, using a graphic of a nuclear explosion seems completely rational.
    However if you’re actually exploding H-bombs “unemotionally”, that’s purely the mindset of the right-wing.
    (Cue “Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran” music..)

    Fwiw, you can see quite a lot of cool craters and other results of nuclear explosions by visiting the Pacific testing range (Marshall Islands) or Nevada testing range using GoogleEarth.
    The range in Nevada is filled with moon-like craters.
    The 1st test (Trinity in New Mexico) looks very unimpressive when compared to these higher power tests in NV.
    Look up Operation Plowshare for the Sedan test.
    That one made an amazing crater.

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    Sean February 14, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Joseph Farah doesn’t even correct errors on his site.

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    Stanislaw February 14, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Sean:
    Joseph Farah doesn’t even correct errors on his site.

    That would probably involve having to retract the entire site.

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    E. Glenn harcsar February 14, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Personally, I don’t frequent either site. I guess that makes me not an “irrational, emotion-driven left-winger”.

    Hold on now Dr c, If there’s one thing I ve learned by reading your site is the dictum of logic that absence of evidence does not prove a….a … Something about ones original constitution. I’ll check my notes πŸ˜‰

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    Steve February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Sean: Joseph Farah doesn’t even correct errors on his site.

    In their world, admitting you’re wrong is worse than being wrong.
    Either that or they think you’re never wrong unless you admit you’re wrong.

    That school of thought seems to work quite well for Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck.

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) February 14, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Steve: In their world, admitting you’re wrong is worse than being wrong.Either that or they think you’re never wrong unless you admit you’re wrong.That school of thought seems to work quite well for Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck.

    The pornstache is never wrong!

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    Lupin February 14, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Daily Kos has a top story on the birther “debate” —

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/14/944267/-Birther-debate-alive-according-to-Politico-

    The writer’s conclusion:

    “It’s random Republicans who act as if that certificate of live birth doesn’t exist so they can continue to peddle their racism under the guise of concern for the Constitution.”

    Couldn’t put it better myself.

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    Black Lion February 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Lupin: Daily Kos has a top story on the birther “debate” –http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/14/944267/-Birther-debate-alive-according-to-Politico-The writer’s conclusion:“It’s random Republicans who act as if that certificate of live birth doesn’t exist so they can continue to peddle their racism under the guise of concern for the Constitution.”Couldn’t put it better myself.

    Excellent article and right on point…Especially how all of the so called birther bills are being sponsored by Republicans….Which shows how they “pander” to the birthers in a shameless attempt to get their votes while “officially denouncing” them in public….The hypocrisy is amazing…

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    Rickey February 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    E. Glenn harcsar:
    Personally, I don’t frequent either site. I guess that makes me not an “irrational, emotion-driven left-winger”.

    There is no equivalence between WND and Huffington Post. WND employs right-wing hacks and serial liars such as Jerome Corsi. If you go to Huffington Post’s home page today, you’ll see pieces written by the following people of substance:

    Robert Kuttner: Co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect

    Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor

    Michael Brenner, Professor of International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

    Henry Siegman, President, U.S./Middle East Project

    Andy Stern, Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Former President, SEIU

    Rep. Mike Honda, 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House

    Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary

    David Coates, Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies, Wake Forest University, Department of Politics

    In addition, Huffington Post frequently carries pieces which are critical of Obama and the Democrats. The difference is that the HuffPo pieces criticize Obama about his policies, rather than make up phony stories about his birth certificate. Also, HuffPo doesn’t have a PayPal button and any registered user can post comments on any topic.

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    Loren February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Rickey: There is no equivalence between WND and Huffington Post.

    Well, there is something of an equivalence in one area: science and medicine. HuffPo’s medical coverage is replete with quackery and pseudoscience, just like WND’s, and falls far below the standards of good journalism. The two even promote some of the same kinds of pseudoscience on occasion, like anti-vaccine nonsense.

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    Wile E. February 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Let me first thank you Dr. Conspiracy for your efforts. The information found on this site is quite handy for those, like me, who enjoy debunking from the periphery….but can’t quite devote themselves to full-time rabbit-hole spelunking.

    Forgive my being off topic, but could someone please tell me an appropriate location to ask a question about a previously covered topic in such a way that it might have a chance of being seen.

    Thanks, Wile E.

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    Majority Will February 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Wile E.: Forgive my being off topic, but could someone please tell me an appropriate location to ask a question about a previously covered topic in such a way that it might have a chance of being seen.

    The Occasional Open Thread – Mark II Turbocharged Special Edition

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    misha February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I visit the HuffPo every day. Of course, I’m what the Wall Street Journal derisively refers to as a lefty.

    I’ve calmed waaay down. In college, I was a Trotskyite.

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    Rickey February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Loren: Well, there is something of an equivalence in one area:science and medicine.HuffPo’s medical coverage is replete with quackery and pseudoscience, just like WND’s, and falls far below the standards of good journalism.The two even promote some of the same kinds of pseudoscience on occasion, like anti-vaccine nonsense.

    That’s interesting. I don’t believe that I’ve ever read any of science and medicine articles on HuffPo, so they have never made an impression on me. Bu health and science quackery is another plague which has grown exponentially thanks to the Internet.

    One thing I never miss on HuffPo is Sunday’s commentary on the day’s talk shows by Jason Linkins. It’s hilarious and saves you the time and trouble of actually watching those dreadful shows yourself.

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    Loren February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Rickey: That’s interesting. I don’t believe that I’ve ever read any of science and medicine articles on HuffPo, so they have never made an impression on me. Bu health and science quackery is another plague which has grown exponentially thanks to the Internet.

    Check out Orac’s blog, Respectful Insolence. At http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/ . He regularly covers the quackery and woo that HuffPo publishes.

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    Dr. Conspiracy February 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    Wile E.: Forgive my being off topic, but could someone please tell me an appropriate location to ask a question about a previously covered topic in such a way that it might have a chance of being seen.

    It’ll get seen no matter where you type it, as the question above was seen. The most virtuous place would be in the current open thread topic, which right now is:

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/02/the-occasional-open-thread-mark-ii-turbocharged-special-edition/#comments

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    Dr. Conspiracy February 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    US Citizen: If you’re describing Joseph Farah’s irony, using a graphic of a nuclear explosion seems completely rational.

    The caption under the picture: “Irony meter exploding” should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind as to the intent of the image.

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    US Citizen February 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Sure, but what graphic will you use if Obama is re-elected? πŸ˜‰

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    misha February 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    US Citizen: Sure, but what graphic will you use if Obama is re-elected?

    This one: http://moviechopshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/eraserhead.jpg

  21. avatar
    E. Glenn harcsar February 15, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you Rickey for proving dr c’s point originale. Sheesh.

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    Wile E. February 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: It’ll get seen no matter where you type it, as the question above was seen. The most virtuous place would be in the current open thread topic, which right now is:

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/02/the-occasional-open-thread-mark-ii-turbocharged-special-edition/#comments

    Thanks.