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Old 12-31-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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"The best single reason to permanently ignore the rantings of the right-wing media is not that their attacks are often easily disproven. Don't get me wrong: That's a good reason. But the best reason is that it is clear the conservative echo chamber often doesn't believe its own attacks.

Take last week's explosive allegation, first described in detail by The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb, that in order to secure Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-NE) support for health care reform, the White House had threatened to close Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base. That sent the right-wing attack machine into overdrive, with accusations of "politicizing national security" flying around and dark talk of the White House weakening U.S. national security and committing impeachable offenses."

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"Now, ordinarily, 20 U.S. senators calling for an investigation into a "scandal" the conservative media had been promoting would really set off a frenzy. Like sharks sensing blood in the water, right-wing bloggers and broadcasters would go for the kill. We'd see a constant barrage of attacks on Democrats for "blocking" an investigation into a vital matter of national security and allegations of corruption at the highest levels. They'd attack the media for not covering the alleged threat like it was Watergate, Teapot Dome, and Tiger Woods all wrapped into one. They'd be absolutely relentless.

But that didn't happen. In fact, the opposite happened: When those 20 senators sent a letter to the Armed Services Committee asking for an investigation, the right-wingers who had been so outraged promptly went silent."

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"So what's with the sudden silence? Why isn't the right-wing noise machine that last week seemed so eager to accuse the Obama administration of "playing politics with national security" continuing the drumbeat? After all, it isn't like they've come up with any better ways to derail health care reform, which appears to be on the verge of passing the Senate (and is significantly closer to doing so than it was before Goldfarb came up with the Offutt allegation).

The simplest explanation is that they know the base-closing allegation is absolute nonsense, and they're afraid that an investigation into it would blow up in their faces."

The conservative media don't believe their own attacks | Media Matters for America
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