Rachel Maddow did a wonderful segment on her program about what she calls the “conservative media bubble” and attributes such in-bred thinking for Mitt Romney’s major debate gaffe disbelieving Obama when he said that he lad labeled the Libya embassy attack an “act of terror” the day after it happened. She talked about conservatives holding to contrafactual views because it makes them feel comfortable. The segment was titled “Right-wing truthers lead Romney to debate disaster.”
The lead in was the appearance of Where’s the Real Birth Certificate author Jerome Corsi as part of the accredited press corps traveling with the Romney campaign. Maddow barely scratches the surface of available examples of the nuttiness of Corsi and the online tabloid web site he works for, WorldNetDaily. Politico.com’s Dylan Byers broke the story and did a feature on the Corsi appearance on the Romney plane. I’ll be interested to see what if anything the Romney Campaign does in response to these news stories: defend the freedom of the press, or throw Corsi
under the bus out the emergency exit without a parachute.
We see the same insular news sources in birtherism all the time, where they actually believe that Sheriff Arpaio conducted a real police investigation, that everybody was taught in Civics class that US Presidents must have citizen parents, Ann Dunham posed nude for Frank Marshall Davis in 1960, and that Obama stole the social-security number of a guy born in Connecticut in 1890.
Maddow made the quote of the day when she said:
Do not confuse your WorldNetDaily-caliber conservative therapeutic alternative reality fantasy babble for what actually happened.
Of course, debate gaffe’s are not all that important in my book. What is important is that those who actually govern us (not to be confused with political candidates) do so based on the best available facts, and not what they tell each other.
Here’s the video from Maddow’s show: