Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009—With A Whimper And A Whine:
|When Hillary Clinton spoke of a "vast right wing conspiracy" in 1998 as she lashed out at the attacks against then president Bill Clinton, many (especially on the right) thought her paranoid, and the right still mocks her to this day regarding her choice of phrase. But in the decade or so since Clinton made that statement, various researchers have revealed the size and scope of the network of conservative groups and individuals who indeed so operate in concert to advance the conservative agenda.
On the communications size, the network of radio, TV, and blogs create a right-wing noise machine, which, in the past, has proven astonishingly successful at creating scandal out of the benign or making fiction seem like fact (i.e., Obama is a Muslim, or he's unpatriotic because he didn't wear a flagpin).
The April 15th "tea protests" revealed more about this right-wing noise machine than they did about some purported coast-to-coast anti-liberal revolution.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, nothing in the world existed this morning but the situation in Boston. Greg Dworkin and Armando joined us to watch the media circus. Did we treat it too lightly? Did we break a few rules, and take a few liberties with our listening guests? We did. We also looked away for a few minutes and connected some GunFAIL dots, realizing there was actually an accidental discharge at a gun show every single weekend in January! Just for kicks, we threw in stories about New York hipsters raising infants diaper-less, and physicists exploring whether the entire universe might be a computer simulation.