A discussion on the MSNBC show Disrupt this Sunday afternoon looked at the reasons for the resentment of President Obama by those who identify themselves as TEA party conservatives. Only these hard right ideologues could or would argue with the observations of the panelists, Ryan Grimm of the Huffington Post, Joe McClean a Democratic strategist and host Karen Finney.
As Finney points out in her opening remarks, there is no shortage of wild claims about the President which have made the rounds through viral emails and right wing propaganda machines such as Infowars, WND and talk radio. By the time that Faux News reports them as honest to goodness “news,” they have been heard so often by so many that these people are more than willing to accept them as indisputable truths.
Finney asked about the now famous outburst from Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) who shouted “You lie!” when the President attempted to set the record straight on the lie that Obamacare would provide health insurance to those who are in the country illegally.
She played two clips, the first being Wilson’s outburst the second a more recent ‘man on the street’ interview with a man telling a reporter that the only people who will benefit from Obamacare are the “lazy” and “illegal immigrants.” She asks Grimm how he thinks this falsehood has survived all this time even after having been proved false, many times over.
“It starts with a particular worldview, that the government is doing something to help the other on your backs. If Obamacare was not helping illegals, it wouldn’t even make sense, through that world view. In other words, why would Democrats be doing something which is basically just to help poor people and illegals paid for by middle class Americans if it actually doesn’t help the illegals? It just doesn’t make sense. It has to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants or else the entire worldview starts to fall apart. It doesn’t make sense to a lot of these TEA party folks that they would institute anything that would do anything else.”
Finney went on to observe that with the large number of these myths out there, it begins to feel like a concerted effort to undermine and discredit the President, citing a quote from David Frum of the Daily Beast where he wrote that it’s “very important to understand that for Fox viewers, Fox is only the most visible part of a vast alternative reality. Fox’s coverage of the news cannot be properly understood in isolation, but only in conjunction with the rest of that system — and especially the chain emails that do so much to shape the worldview of Fox viewers.”
She follows by saying,
“I think it’s very clear that there is a well coordinated infrastructure, kind of underground almost, that is designed to keep these myths alive.”
You can watch the entire segment in the video below.