Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Speaking Truth to Power: "Pensacola Jeff" Shows Them How It's Done

Do you remember those tea parties on April 15, those AstroTurf protest rallies concocted by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News?

Well down in Pensacola, Florida, a brave blogger named Pensacola Jeff did something rather ballsy: He went down and confronted them with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and proceeded to make those Dittoheads look like total idiots:

When confronted with the truth, the real truth, not the made up baloney being peddled by the right-wing radio and TV, the crowd turns to boo the one person brave enough to stand up for the truth.

But then, that in itself speaks volumes about the absence of honest, vigorous intellectual debate.

This incident got media exposure from certain quarters of the MSM, as exemplified by this excerpt from Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

While discussing this phenomenon with Keith Olbermann, actress Janeane Garofalo's initial reaction was this: "There is nothing more interesting than seeing a bunch of racists become confused and angry at a speech they're not quite certain what's he saying. It sounds right to them and then it doesn't make sense."

Olbermann put it well later in the segment: "Our friend in Pensacola there who played them like a 3-dollar fiddle, and led them right down the garden path with nothing but facts and then they went, 'wait a minute, that doesn't sound like Rush Limbaugh.' "

Which leads me to this question: Did these teabaggers flunk out of logic in college?

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