Perhaps you’ve heard the shocking report that president Obama’s trip to India will cost taxpayers upwards of $200 million per day. If you think that sounds outlandish, that’s because it is.
The propagation of this particular right-wing media meme served as the launching point for Rachel Maddow’s opening segment Thursday evening, Nov. 5. The video and transcript are available at MSNBC.com. Below you’ll find the 18+ minute segment divided into two parts.
Watch the reputed ‘lesbian vampire’ demonstrate how the “alternate right-wing, self contained, media universe” invents controversies like the Obama/India story, which, in turn, become fact in the minds of those lacking the curiosity to question such nonsense, or ideologically inclined to believe it.
Maddow recalls several past examples of this impenetrable conservative media feedback loop, but one example stands out. “We should have known we lost the ability to debunk,” Maddow laments, when the “Death Panel” lie blew up during the debate over health care reform. Also featured are many of (recently reelected… Really, Minnesota?) Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s greatest hits. Watch:
Please pardon the rough transition. In part two, Maddow picks up where she left off with Sharon Angle’s baseless Sharia fear mongering, then moves on to some other false memes that are now permanently fixed in the fringe’s paranoid lore.
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