The Big Lie Theory

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According to AlterNet, there were six Big Lies that defined 2010:

  1. The Birthers and their meme that President Obama was not born in the United States. Still.
  2. Andrew Breitbart's (for one) lie about U.S. Department of Agriculture official, Shirley Sherrod, portraying her as a racist via an edited video.
  3. Glenn Beck's accusation that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator during World War II. Um, Glenn?  Soros is Jewish and a Holocaust survivor.
  4. The Koch brothers and their buddies Big One about President Obama's health care reform being a big, scary government takeover of the health care system. In fact, Big Insurance benefited mightily.
  5. Obama's apparent inability to speak without using a teleprompter. I guess they must have missed all those off the cuff press conferences. And it's so darn messy to Sharpie up one's hand, isn't it Sarah Palin?
  6. And finally-- ta da!-- voluntary counseling for end-of-life care is actually a government designed "death panel" that can't wait to "pull the plug on Grandma." Never mind that Medicare covers a very helpful, reassuring, very necessary consultation with one's physician to prepare for the inevitable.

Those are some big whoppers, 2010. What were you thinking?

Oh, wait, it wasn't 2010, it was the mee-dee-uh:

The Big Lie theory goes like this: A gigantic, audacious lie is more likely to be believed by the masses than a small one if it is repeated often enough. ...[T]he Big Lie went mainstream in 2010, as its propagators on the Right were accepted by big media as respectable articulators of a legitimate point of view. [...]

No Big Lie strategy can work without the dissemination of the Lie by mainstream media and in this regard, the media have been exemplary -- not in a wittingly conspiratorial way, but in a, gee-these-sensational-claims-will-really-boost-our-ratings kind of a way. After all, they too have corporate masters to serve. [...]

The graphic for the story read: "'Death Panel' Resurrection."

Congratulations, CNN. You are an accessory to the Big Lie.

Note that CNN is owned by AOL/Time Warner.

As for Breitbart:

[H]e was hired by ABC News to provide commentary on the midterm elections -- a deal that was canceled only after public outcry from media watchdogs.

Note that ABC News is owned by the Disney Corporation.

As for that health care thing:

Without stating the reasons that two-thirds of Americans thought the plan too costly, USA Today reporter Susan Page never articulated the fact that many of those Americans likely thought the law too expensive in light of the fact that it did not offer a publicly financed health-care plan, thus reinforcing the right's Big Lie.

Note that USA Today is owned by the Gannett Co., Inc., which owns 100 media entities, including newspapers and television stations.

It's time for the truth. Owned by all of us. Well, those of us who are honest.

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  • Shake&Bake

       I try to tell people to look at the common-denominator in anything. The ideal for governments, is that the tax payer die the day after they stop paying taxes. Of course governments don't stop there, but steal what they can from what is left! Looking at the base C-D eliminates the "smoke screen" & B.S.. details are designed to confuse with no other purpose.

  • Anonymous

    It is bizarre for me to think the very same Republican Party that in 2008 used fear of government, fear of the unknown Health Care Initiative and the preposterous notion of probable "Death Panels" to keep their followers in line are the same Republican Pro-Life adherents bringing death to certain transplant patients in the (Republican-led) State of Arizona. All in the name of balanced budgets!

    When health care is WITHHELD, against medical advise as it is today in Arizona for certain transplant patients, we have truly arrived at government-empaneled Death Committees. Arizona government leaders decide, according to their own, unique government standards - and budget - who is deemed worthy - or not - and who will live, and who will die - no matter what a physician may say otherwise. Your life is in the Arizona GOP's hands!

    Whether it is state government or federal government, the unthinkable has happened: government is pulling the plug on these patients, discarding professional medical advise. This is today's GOP in Arizona. Think it will end there? This is just the beginning...

    Is it really unthinkable that in the not-too-distant future the elderly, the disabled and others who may not meet GOP government standards for "productivity" or "worth of life" may be next? Could budget-balancing "standards," such as the ones the State of Arizona are utilizing today be implemented nationwide - or is it only a matter of time?

    What is the price of a life? And who decides? Your doctor, or your local / county / state (Republican) bureaucrat?