Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Have to agree here

Yes, I am in strong agreement with this editorial.

Want to save the Republican Party? Drain the right-wing media swamp


"If Republicans truly want to save the Republican Party, they need to go to war with right-wing media. That is, they need to dismantle the media machine persuading their base to believe completely bonkers, bigoted garbage.
Half [of Republicans] believe global warming is possibly or definitely a myth concocted by scientists."

That's totally true, and it has been for years. Ever since Rush Limbaugh said that one volcano puts as much CO2 into the atmosphere as lots of power plants (which is orders of magnitude incorrect), it has been repeated incorrectly by thousands of conservatives about climate change. It's just one of myriad possible examples of how they have made their listeners and followers a horde of "unthinkers" -- a group that is incapable of thinking for itself, preferring instead to follow the tribal warpath on these matters. They get their biased news from biased sources, and it influences the way they view the world and the decisions they make.

And as the standard saying goes, GIGO -- Garbage In, Garbage Out. So if the input information on which personal beliefs are formulated is garbage, then the decisions based on that information are likely to be garbage, too -- and that's how so many of the nutty Republican Congresspeople have gotten elected.

It truly has reached the level of close-to-crisis: and it would be a crisis if Trump were elected. As I write this, that appears highly unlikely, but we have definitely been staring over the side of the abyss these past few months contemplating the possibility.

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