So, I get this email forwarded to me today and find this teaser to a WND headline that reads, “Is this the biggest Joe Biden blunder of all time? ” I love Biden for the comedy value that has been a focus by The Onion for many years now. I didn’t quite expect the amount of conspiracy theories and fear-mongering that I did find on their page, but I should just assume nowadays from the look of things.
Where were the images of Joe polishing his Trans-Am and hitting on young women? Who are all these vague sources putting the blame to Biden? I was too creeped out to click the video… that guy looked a little too ‘don’t look in their basement’-y. I chose to just read the article instead.
So I avoided the video and kept going with the article until I realized my mouth was getting dry from hanging open and my eyebrow was straining to climb my forehead. It was classic Casablanca. If you throw in one line that can be disputed then it distracts from the movie, but if you barrage someone with constant lines of cliches and bullshit it becomes acceptable. The title on the article was, ‘Biden now blamed in SEAL Team 6 deaths‘. The author of the article was hopefully not the same person as the radio host unless he really likes to write about himself in the third person. Who knows though… I like to write about myself in the third person sometimes, too. Although, Adam talks about Adam because it makes Adam laugh when he thinks about those people who do this seriously, and it makes him feel like a professional athlete.
What I realized while researching the assertions made by WND’s article was that most of the figures seemed to be pulled from Fox News stories. The “families” are actually family members who spoke at a Conservative rally. This particular story has its roots in an event set up by Freedom Watch, which has an odd mix of contributors which include Las Vegas Sands. The casino should sound familiar. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson? He was surely hoping that Mitt would win and help bail him out of a situation that cost him $70million recently and an untold amount of lawyer fees.
This starts fraying apart as a viable conspiracy from the first line of the article and quickly tears itself to shreds if your intent wasn’t to read the title and link it to your friends who assumed you read it. Here is what the radio personality, Klayman (the creepy guy up top) used as his proof that a new “-gate” needs to be donned in talking points:
Shortly after that successful raid on Bin Laden, the president, through the vice-president for political purposes, released the name of SEAL Team Six. That’s classified information, and even (then) Defense Secretary Robert Gates was critical of that. So that was like putting a target on the backs of the sons of my clients.
Biden did something, which was more than irresponsible. He served on foreign relations committees, intelligence committees. He knew, or should have known, what he was doing. He should be held accountable. Frankly, he should even be held criminally accountable for doing that
That is pretty much all the proof they are using to connect Mr. Trans Am and jean shorts, Joe Biden to the deaths of SEAL Team Six.
If that doesn’t ring bells about comparisons, it should. Anything that happened that was a terrible moment of American shame is being mined and crafted to have an equal counterpart on the current administration. Don’t think my conspiracy has legs? It might not. But, go with me here. Cheney, Bush’s vice-president, had a moment in recent history where he called out the name of a certain undercover CIA agent which sound suspiciously similar to the questionable accusations made by the Teabaggers over at WND.
Teabagging advocates on the far far far right of politics don’t seem to really like journalism. I know I’ll sound critical on this point, but the headlines in WND, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Hot Air, and The Blaze (among others) all have a lack of answering questions and a whole lot of posing new questions that have vague reasons to be asked. I don’t know if I missed the memo on journalism becoming an exercise around the water cooler, but the last time I checked, journalists were supposed to get answers to questions. Read back into newspaper headlines from the turn of the 20th century up to now and you see statements of resolution, not open-ended questions. “Hitler Dead“… not…. “Hitler Accuses Unnamed American In Dying Breath“.
Personally, I put on no airs about being a journalist or having the most diligent journalistic integrity. I try to be honest and fair to the facts I can find for further analysis. If the Tea Party wants the voice of Conservatives to be heard in what they perceive to be a left-leaning media majority, then publishers like AATTP, Think Progress, Democratic Underground, and many others will only get louder to prove just how wrong the belief in a “Liberal mainstream media” is. Liberals and passionate Progressives only started having an actual presence in the news after Rupert Murdoch hijacked a reputable news station that once was called Fox News (without the quotes) and re-branded it as Fox “News” (notice the quotes?). Maddow and others like her might not have a job if it weren’t for how crackpot the people at Fox News had become.
But who am I to judge? Joe Biden might not be my choice as a presidential candidate, but he doesn’t seem like a bad guy at all. Here is a bit of an insight into how the Tea Party readers’ minds work: