What Eric Boehlert said. Times a thousand.
If the left ignores Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, D.C. reporters will spend their time reading legislative small print? Well, either that or an unchecked Limbaugh and Fox News will effectively destroy Democratic politicians and their initiatives with an endless barrages of lies and smears.
I’m thinking it’s the latter. And that’s only because history is on my side.
Ask John Kerry how initially ignoring the right-wing media’s meticulously planned-out Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smear campaign worked for him and Democrats in 2004. Ask the same question to former ACORN leaders who saw Congress move to defund the group based on the dishonest attacks waged by the right-wing media. Or ask National Public Radio’s former CEO, Vivian Schiller, who was forced to resign in the wake of a bogus right-wing smear campaign.
Ask any of those victims if they think the best way to combat the reckless nature of the far-right press is to pay its practitioners no mind.
The truth is, the far-right media in this country is waging a war.
It might feel futile and pointless at times, but it’s serious business and constant vigilance works. I will continue to talk about Rush Limbaugh until he and his co-conspirators are retired and using Medicare to get their Oxycontin (Viagra isn’t covered — sorry Rush).