Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Maddow Hoaxed, NewsBusters Reports, But Doesn't Understand It

My previous post notes that The Rachel Maddow Show bought into a satirical faux Christian website, ChristWire, and its report on Sarah Palin and Egypt. She admitted the error in a tweet, and also included a piece explaining the error on her show., a site that has a SERIOUS thing for Maddow (they'll use any excuse to mention her) covered it too. This is not unexpected. In fact, I'd have been extremely surprised if they hadn't.

The funny thing is, NB didn't understand Rachel's point when explaining herself. The point is, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck (and the whole GOP/Tea Bagger clown car) is freaking bonkers. Trying to sort out satire from what seems to be satire is a tricky business. I'm sorry that TRMS didn't suss out the ruse before they did a report on it. But I don't really fault them for being taken in. Christian fundamentalists are nutty. Beck, Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee, and so many others are right out of Mad magazine.  Here's the line that inspired this post:

". . .that was Maddow’s explanation for getting duped by a satirical website: in her view, conservatives – especially Glenn Beck – are saying all kinds of crazy things. As a result, it’s become difficult for her to know what’s real and what’s a spoof. . ."

Yes. Exactly. You've got it, and you don't even know it!

Read more (if you must) at: NewsBusters

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