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We've all seen the MediaMatters cataloging of Palin's North/South Korea slip and her ridiculous overly protective reaction to it. It's great comedy and, as the best of it always does, says so much more about her and most especially her backers than it does about the people who paid a passing glance.

So here's the thing to think about while Ex-Governor Run-on-sentence says people jumped all over her for making a slip of the tongue by calling North Korea our ally against South Korea:

I of course think we should be lenient about simple slips of the tongue and mix-ups and malapropisms. Especially in a society that demands immediate and continuous response. I'm a big Joe Biden fan and he occasionally makes a slip and lives with the characterization of a gaffe machine despite being an intelligent and thoughtful person.

But here's the thing: in that little radio interview do you think that, if the host hadn't corrected her, she would have kept saying North instead of South? Do you think she would have gone the whole interview saying North? How long would it be, if ever, that she realized her goof? Do you think a cynical or unfriendly radio host could have gotten her to lay out an entire doctrine - based on complete misunderstanding and no doubt involving several attempted and failed Reagan references - based on siding with North Korea over South Korea?

I do. And I think the reason so many web sites - including her own - are jumping to defend her over a non-story are that they think so too.

This is why intellectual curiosity has become so rare a commodity. Something to be mocked and chastised. We're fed people who can just be given two input values: the black and the white. From there the stump speech writes itself. Doesn't matter if it's real, doesn't matter if it's played out. There's two eastern countries: tell me which is the communist one and I'll take it from there.

Originally posted to Boudreaux on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 08:50 PM PST.


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  •  I can over look (2+ / 0-)
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    bnasley, amk for obama

    the possible slip of the tongue.  Far more worrisome are her out-and-out LIES.  "Death Panels"?  That's what we need to be concentrating on...her problem with the truth and reality.

    •  agreed (2+ / 0-)
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      tjb22, laurnj

      Without a doubt, the lies are horribly damaging. Even the trivial stuff like the Thanksgiving-equals-capitalism stuff we just saw is maddening, though nothing compared to the damage that the death panel crap yielded.

      It sucks because those things prey on a lack of intellectual curiosity.

    •  Was a Diary 2Day About the Massive Lying of (4+ / 0-)

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      It's kinda what they do.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 09:25:21 PM PST

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      •  Ah, Gooserock, you and I (2+ / 0-)
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        tjb22, laurnj

        are old enough to have watched them lie for the past forty years...and get away with it.

        It frustrates the hell out of me, quite frankly:

        Is nobody else paying attention?  Am I the only one who can read the charts which clearly show the economy has historically been better for everyone under Dems than it has under any Goper since, well, Lincoln?  /rhetorical

        (sigh)  That's why I'm a kossack, I guess:  there are so many (so VERY many) good writers here fighting the good fight against the forces of ignorance and evil.

        Ptoomey: the greatest cause of hairballs in humans. gag, hack, spit. repeat.

        by Youffraita on Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 01:54:28 AM PST

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