Thursday, March 25, 2010

The unforgiving minute

In media centers across America, news editors and producers are breathing a huge collective sigh of relief, since the growing stream of "political violence" stories can now be covered as something in which the left and right are somehow equally to blame.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor just gave a brief speech accusing Democrats of using reports of recent threats of violence for political gain, and saying someone shot a bullet through the window of his campaign office this week.

It may not be the only kind of story they know how to do, but it's the only kind they're comfortable doing.

Minute's up.


Chuck Butcher said...

Cantor looks rather stupid in the face of the police report indicating that the bullet was random and fired into the air. Since GOPers are supposed to know something about guns (hehehe) it should have been obvious before Cantor shot off his trap (lied?)

Nothstine said...

Hi, Chuck--

It's true that the bullet doesn't appear to be evidence of any sort of attack on Cantor.

But the point is, this is apt to become a Zombie Lie that will continue to walk the earth even though it's been disproved multiple times, simply because its importance to the required narrative ["see? both sides are guilty!"] trumps the niggling fact that it isn't true.