PUMA Pravda

What’s been amazing about the whole PUMA movement is how quickly the preferred media of its adherents shifted.  Almost overnight, once-reviled outlets like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the conservative blogosphere became trusted sources of information.  Part of this was because these were the only outlets giving PUMA a voice, Fox in particular being very happy to magnify Democratic disunity, no matter the source.  More important, though, was that these media sources were telling PUMAniacs exactly what they wanted to hear:  Obama-bashing.  This explains why so many PUMAs readily accept the word of oft-imprisoned con man, or nearly any crazy thing Texas Darlin can imagine up, all with no evidentiary backing to speak of.

It’s sad, then, to see such displays of confirmation and selection bias reaching a whole new level.  Egalia at Tennessee Guerilla Women linked today to this article, which itself is innocuous:  it’s a mostly accurate description of the sexism Hillary Clinton had to face in the primary campaign.  What’s interesting is that the source, The People’s Daily, is the media organ of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.  Egalia apparently thinks that state-run media from dictatorships are excellent sources, as long as they tell her exactly what she wants to hear.  I suggest she try the New Light of Myanmar next, apparently the Obama-hate is top notch over there.

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3 comments so far

  1. egalia on

    Well, perhaps if you opened your mind up to a few scary forbidden sources, you’d learn to refrain from making such ill-informed sweeping generalizations.

  2. John Cain on

    Exactly does how of that refute anything I said, comrade?

  3. paxamericana on

    Well, perhaps if you opened your mind up to a few scary forbidden sources, you’d learn to refrain from making such ill-informed sweeping generalizations.

    Exactly. After reading a couple articles from a radical communist newspaper I learned that North Korea is really a “deformed worker state” and that Cuba is a socialist paradise. Along the same lines, I’m glad that the Pittsburgh Tribune Review recognized that Hillary Clinton didn’t, in fact, have Vince Foster secretly murdered and would make for an okay president.


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