Republican conspiracy theory and blame gaming

I encountered this phenomenon firsthand, after agreeing to an interview on the Foley case with a right-wing talk radio station in Florida. Though the Foley scandal was still in its first days, the talk show host had before him a comprehensive theory about how the Democrats, in league with financier George Soros, had pulled off an "October Surprise."

When I pressed the host for what real evidence he had, he lashed out at me, insinuating that I was ignoring the obvious because I had a "liberal" bias.

I pointed out that I've also demanded real evidence to support left-wing suspicions that President Bush organized the 9/11 attacks - when the available evidence reveals Bush showing gross negligence and exploiting the tragedy, but not acting as a conspirator.

To me, these cases suggest a troubling loss of an American ability to distinguish evidence and fact from speculation and opinion. But a key difference is that the Mark Foley "October Surprise" theory was promoted by leading Republicans, including House Speaker Hastert, while no prominent Democrat has embraced the 9/11 accusations. --Robert Parry, Foley "October Surprise" Claim Flops, 16 Oct 2006

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Our locals Repubs meet every Wednesday to get their talking points. They are like robots. At least Democrats remain independent. This may mean we aren't effective in soem races but at least we show thoughtfulness. Power is not worth taking orders from the party of torture and corruption.

Where is this meeting? Do they serve a meal?

You expected something different. Talk Radio? Rationality, thoughtful discourse?

Please, even I know it is political theatre. If you want rational discourse try somehting like the Socrates Cafe ( http://www.philosopher.org/ ) that many libraries offer, including the public library at which I worked. Sure almost everyone disagreed with me, but we had very interesting discussion and not a bunch of morons screaming at one another.

Please, talk radio != rational.