Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Giving a Platform to a Lunatic
If you go here, you will find something that frustrates me more than Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma or Sam Brownback of Kansas, that is, a news report that gives a larger, mainstream platform to Pat Robertson. Why? I think it safe to say that, outside the audience for his television program (in truth, I have no idea what that is, and I am quite sure it is impossible to guage with any accuracy; for the sake of argument, let us call it somewhere in the range of two to four million people) he has no credibility whatsoever. He has called for the assassination of foreign leaders; he has commanded, "in the name of God", hurricanes to steer away from Virginia Beach (to protect his facility, not because of the economic damage and potential loss of life); he wrote a book in which he saw the George H. W. Bush furthering the plans of Cecil Rhodes and the Illuminati; the day after the September 11 attacks, he and Jerry Falwell blamed lesbians, gays, feminists, and abortion for the attacks (in other words, the attacks were the vehicle of divine justice for our sinful ways). Why should anyone listen to him? Even criticizing him is irrelevant, because, as a lunatic, his alternate reality is impervious to criticism.
I know "Ignore him and he'll go away" doesn't work in politics, but we should ignore him anyway. Let him spout his nonsense, but as long as he keeps within the confines of his television program, he hurts no one but himself.
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