Important question of the day, brought to you by Fox News:
At first, I thought this was funny, the same old, inane “if you disagree with me, you’re my sworn enemy” bullshit. But I actually watched part of the clip (yeah, turned it off halfway), and can’t believe anyone buys this nonsense. The argument is “the terrorists and Iran are all saying that the defeat of the Republicans is because Americans are against the war in Iraq, and the liberal bloggers are saying that too!!!! Therefore it is clear that Atrios and Kos want to kill and torture Americans. There is no other conclusion.
I imagine everyone sees the logical fallacy there. Two strangers making a similar statement does not mean that those two people are similar, or that they share any other opinions than that one. Further, two people making similar factual (or probable) statements does not mean that there are any similarities between those two people at all. But Fox wants to muddy up those crystal clear waters, and they do it so blatantly. It’s like they’re spitting in our faces and saying it’s rain.
But it’s even a little worse. The clip opens with the Fox News host implying that the electoral repudiation of warhawk policy will make the terrorists think that America is softer and therefore ripe for plunder! What have we done? Oh save us, brave Fox News team!
And for some reason, they chose to interview a conservative blogger on this topic, who in his opening sentences, admits that he didn’t know who the leader of Iran was until just moments ago. They really couldn’t find someone, y’know, competent?
I get so tired of this. Just because someone disagrees with your political opinions doesn’t mean that he wants to slaughter innocent civilians by the score.
[graphic stolen from Crooks and Liars]
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