The View From 1776
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Joseph Goebbels And The Big Lie
Liberal-progressives, from the French revolutionaries, to Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, have always recognized that propagandistic control of the media is essential to the triumph of socialism.
In the article reproduced below, the Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto recaps the hypocrisy and dishonesty of the liberal-progressive propaganda media.
Big Lies and Little Ones
Paul Krugman’s only example turns out to have been fraudulent.
By James Taranto
Yesterday we noted that Paul Krugman, the New York Times’s star columnist, had offered only one example to bolster his claim that “eliminationist rhetoric” is “coming, overwhelmingly, from the right.” To quote Krugman’s Monday column:
It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.
As we noted in yesterday’s column, in October then-Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a Pennsylvania Democrat, mused about assassinating a fellow politician. Not only was he not ostracized; he was rewarded with a spot yesterday on the op-ed page of Krugman’s newspaper.
But what about the Bachmann quote? We doubted whether these three words, presented without context, constituted “eliminationist rhetoric” as Krugman claimed they did. Our skepticism turned out to have been well founded.
In March 2009, the left-wing site ThinkProgress attempted to present Bachmann in an unfavorable light by using a longer version of this comment. Blogger Dave Evers nonetheless found the site guilty of “selective quoting” and made his case by presenting the quote in its full context. It’s not terribly interesting but is important to commit to the record. Here is what Bachmann said (Evers tells us that the ellipses reflect pauses, not omitted text):
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