Echo chambers and first grade
The linguist and intellectual Noam Chomsky began a recent talk by diving right into The Big Picture of Climate Change. “It’s now reached the point that the question will be answered in this generation. Your challenge to answer it can’t be delayed. The question is whether organized human life will indeed survive.”
A completely fair question, one worthy of much mulling. There are a lot of people walking around on this rock, breathing and eating and pooping and wanting stuff, and there’s more every day. And more. And more. Recent measurements of atmospheric CO2 just coasted past 400, and if you talk to scientists who don’t work for Rupert Murdoch, that’s not good. Not good at all.
Robert Kraft—“I categorically deny that I lost my mind for Kim Sun Moon, gorgeous, slender, foxy Korean masseuse who allegedly has some very magical oil and reportedly knows a variety of enchanting hand motions. I heard all of this from a friend who visits her regularly. This I swear upon a stack of Bibles. For real. I promise.”
Dum Dum making shit up, part 359. In a tweet this morning, after watching Harry Reid roast his ass on CNN, Dump made up some crap about how Harry was “thrown out of the Senate.” What absolute nonsense. Reid announced his retirement from the Senate in March 2015, after that horrific accident on a home treadmill. He was “thrown out” of the Senate only in the Cheeto-saturated mind of Mr. Putinpuppy.
Dum Dum making shit up, part 646. Speaking to a meeting of governors in the White House, Agent Orange uncorked this laffer: “My daughter’s created millions of jobs. I don’t know if anyone knows that, but she’s created millions of jobs.” Right. Uh-huh. Got it.
Just makin’ shit up like a first grader. Like a frickin’ first-grader.
Speaking of echo chambers, hey, sure, I’m in one. Totally hangin’ in that big lib bubble, sipping a fizzy water in a chamber dominated by the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC and so forth. I’m aware there’s a Trumpian counterpart, and the Orange Folk get their echoes from Fox, Breitbart, Rush, etc. etc. etc. and, yes, these two constantly turbulent chambers butt heads on an hourly basis.
I bring this up in order to simply say—I’ll be happy to put the journalistic accuracy of my echo chamber up against that of Foxjunk any day of the bloody week. We can hash it out in court and see who really is Fake News. You know what? I like my chances.