Monday, August 22, 2011

Right-Wing Reign Of Error: How Kooks Like Bachmann Keep Getting It Wrong

By Manifesto Joe

Sometimes it happens because they're stupid -- and sometimes it happens because they're convinced that everybody else is stupid. Either way, the right wing in America can't be trusted for any kind of facts or history, recent or distant. Their inaccuracies are countless, but a few more recent ones stand out.

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity

Boobs usually come in pairs, and on the right wing it's no exception. Herr Lardbaugh and Herr Hannity told their listeners earlier this month that President Obama inherited a U.S. unemployment rate of 5.6% and 5.7% (Hannity gave the lower figure.)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the accepted authority on this subject, put the U.S. unemployment rate at 7.8% in January 2009, the month that Obama took office. So, who's lying?

It turns out that the AVERAGE jobless rate for 2008 was 5.8% -- all 12 months combined into an average. Even if Herr Lardbaugh and Herr Hannity were using that figure, they STILL got it wrong. (The easiest job in the world has got to be that of Herr Lardbaugh's fact-checker.)

Here's a link to New York magazine's story on the subject.

Bachmann's unbelievable string of gaffes

In the previous case, I think we've got a couple of smart asses who are putting bogus numbers over on the rubes. In the case of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., I fear that we've got the proto-rube. This person is under serious consideration to be the Republican nominee for president of the U.S. Yet, she's shockingly stupid, too much so to even be respected as a member of the U.S. House.

First, she kicks off her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, which she mistakenly calls the birthplace of John Wayne. It was actually a residence of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

More recently, she wished Elvis a happy birthday on the 34th anniversary of his death.

And, on a right-wing radio talk show Thursday, Bachmann said that Americans are fearful of the rise of the Soviet Union. Here's a link to a story on that interview.

Bachmann is, of course, no newcomer to the reign of right-wing error. Here's a link to my earlier post about the congresswoman blaming something she called the "Hoot-Smalley Tariff" on FDR. (It was actually the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, passed in 1930 and signed by President Herbert Hoover.)

I understand that Bachmann is blaming all her recent gaffes on her strenuous speaking schedule. But, that's one good reason to have a rather long and grueling campaign trail for the presidency -- at the very least, it gives the public a chance to vet the contenders and see what they perform like under pressure.

But what worries me is that Americans had plenty of time to size up both Ronald "Mr. Magoo" Reagan and George W. "Il Doofus" Bush. The standards have clearly been lowered enough that Bachmann may get a complete pass on all this, and more to come.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


Jack Jodell said...

Gaffes are one thing, but outright bullshit is completely another. Each of the figures described here are massive bullshitters, who will say or do virtually anything to advance their foolish cause. They think the rest of the world is as stupid as they are and will unquestioninglt accept their bullshit, but we are NOT stupid, nor do we accept their absolute nonsense.

Nancy Sloan said...

Limbaugh is continuing to tell his listeners that Obama inherited a "around a 5 percent" jobless rate "and now it's double that." He often refers to this "fact" during a typical show. Also, his show promos, which cycle throughout the day on right-wing talk radio repeat this jobless rate B.S. over and over.

Hannity is no better. His show promo spots STILL to this day continue to claim that Obama has raised taxes. (In fact, Obama cut taxes).

I believe that under the Fairness Doctrine, radio hosts weren't allowed to spread such B.S. unchallenged on the public airwaves. In fact, Limbaugh even gets to spread his message on Armed Forces Radio (which is funded with our tax dollars).

Manifesto Joe said...

Yeah, it had slipped my mind that Lardbaugh is carried on Armed Forces Radio. I don't want my taxes going to sponsor the likes of him.

Anonymous said...

In 2009, Bachmann urged Fox viewers to not fill out their Census forms. She claimed this data could be used by the government to round up citizens and place them in internment camps.