Like clockwork, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are in full paranoid conspiracy mode and claiming that the release of the Senate’s report on torture is a conspiracy to distract from Obamacare.
Fox’s Jesse Watters went right into the conspiracy, “I don’t want to know about it. I think people do nasty things in the dark, especially after a terrorist attack. I find it ironic that they’re dropping this report on the same day Gruber’s testifying to know that out of the front pages. But I mean the Senate Democrats, they’re just trying to get one last shot at Bush before they go into the minority. And they didn’t even interview any of the CIA interrogators for their report. It’s kind of like how Rolling Stone does their reporting. They only get one side.”
Watters completed the paranoid trifecta by working the debunked IRS scandal into his rant.
Rush Limbaugh also pushed the conspiracy on his radio show, “The Democrats, the main story, the lead story today, by design, is the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, dumping on the Bush administration on “Jonathan Gruber Day.” Gruber, what’s happening out there is being dwarfed by what is happening with the release of how rotten and horrible this stinking country was when George Bush was president. And it still is, because Obama still hasn’t been able to close Club Gitmo where all the torture went on, and may still be going on, even though Obama may not know about it and thinks he’s tried to stop it.”
The fact that the Gruber hearing was going to be a circus and a farce was visible from miles away. The hearing was the Republicans last chance to push their Obamacare lies and conspiracies. Right-wing media like Fox News and Limbaugh can’t handle reality that the majority of Americans aren’t buying what they are trying to sell on the ACA.
The Affordable Care Act is in the midst of a very successful second signup period. Republicans were trying to derail the law with a sideshow hearing on Jonathan Gruber’s comments about the intelligence of voters. Gruber’s comments didn’t deserve a committee hearing, but Darrell Issa couldn’t resist gaveling in the Obama conspiracy circus one last time.
When the American people show no interest in their B.S., Republicans cry conspiracy. The Fox News/Limbaugh freakout was more evidence that the non-reality based conservative media can’t handle any kind of truth.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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