Steve M finds the Drudge pimping some unbelievably implausible “study” (by a right-wing astroturf group, promoted by the Daily Caller) which claims that 83% of doctors may go Galt because of Obamacare.
The key statistic being cited here is so absurdly skewed that even the wingers who cooked up the survey can’t seriously expect it to be cited by the mainstream press. Clearly the plan is for the number to be so memorable to the credulous that it will show up in small-town letters to the editor (here you go) and now make its way onto talk radio and Fox and right-wing blogs. From there it will become gospel truth, posted on thousands of message boards, memorized by rank-and-file wingers and thrown in the faces of liberals and swing voters. Such a high number! And so specific! It must be true, right?
So much energy, expended in such bad faith.
I don’t know if the contemporary right-wing freak show is something new under the sun, but it’s a radical departure from what any sane person might consider sensical discussion. I mean, it doesn’t even try to sound believable. It’s prima facie bullshit.
But, hey, both sides do it. One time an anonymous Kos commenter compared Bush to Hitler! And conservatives just think differently. You librul elites don’t appreciate the Burkean minimalism of absurd right-wing fiction. Real Americans get it. Get the fuck off the Upper West Side and go to the Applebee’s salad bar. You’ll see that Drudge is, and deserves to be, today’s Walter Cronkite.