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Now that Eric Massa is claiming his resignation is all part of a plot by Democrats to pass health care reform (not a recurrence of his cancer, as he originally claimed), he's become the newest sweetheart of the right-wing media. Just take a look at this Chyron from Fox earlier today:
Later today, Massa journeys into Glennbeckistan to discuss his allegations of a Democratic conspiracy to provide coverage for all Americans. Beck is already hailing Massa as an American hero for daring to speak the truth.
Of course, as MSNBC’s David Shuster and Luke Russert point out, the reality of Massa's resignation has nothing to do with his Alex Jones-style rants. Unless Democrats somehow implanted a chip into Massa forcing him to behave inappropriately with staffers, his resignation is a result of his own actions -- things like joking about having sex with one of his aides.
As Russert says, Massa's rantings have exposed him as being "a few fries short of a Happy Meal," but conservatives are still drawn to him like Paultards to the gold standard.
If you're going to assign any credibility to Eric Massa's conspiracy theory (and given his original claim of cancer, how can you?), you also have to believe that (a) the only reason a Congressman would ever get called out for sexual harassment is to apply political pressure and that (b) sexual harassment isn't really that big of a deal.
The fact that right-wing media is latching onto such a weak story simply because of his wild allegations against the administration is yet another window into their world in which facts don't matter: it only matters which side you're on. In the process, they are giving voice to lies -- for the sole purpose of scoring political points.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 10:16 AM PST.