Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Living by Lies

Conservatives in America keep telling obvious lies to support their ridiculous worldview:

Bolduc said: “Guess what? We have furries and fuzzies in classrooms. They lick themselves, they’re cats. When they don’t like something, they hiss – people walk down the hallway and jump out.

“And get this, get this. They’re putting litter boxes, right? … These are the same people that are concerned about spreading germs. Yet they let children lick themselves and then touch everything. And they’re starting to lick each other.”

Meanwhile, the obvious lie about Paul Pelosi being assaulted by his gay lover -- not someone who was radicalized by Right-Wing propaganda -- continues to be repeated.

I was compelled to watch Fox News in the waiting room of our eye doctor yesterday. Not only is it fact-free programming, it's unbearably tedious. The talking heads make a claim, and then they restate that claim in about sixteen different ways -- or even the same way -- without ever providing any evidence. 

What is the fascinating with such boring bullshit? Are bigots that desperate to have their lies validated?

(The giant TV blaring Fox News had a sign on it, forbidding anyone from lowering the volume or changing the channel. I would love to find a new eye doctor, but this is the only one in town who takes my insurance.)


nicoleandmaggie said...

I haven't studied propaganda, but my thought is that it makes not very smart people feel smart because they can predict what will be said next.

delagar said...

Oh, that's a good point!

Anonymous said...

Oof. I would be so mad. Can you change your eye insurance provider, or is there only one option? It's annual enrollment time—if you're able to change, now is the time to do it.

delagar said...

There's only one eye insurance provider. I can opt *out* of buying vision insurance, but we're a family of myopics, plus Dr. Skull has other eye issues, so as inferior as the vision insurance is, I have to stick with it.

Some of the eye issues are covered by overall insurance provider, also, and again, my only "choice" is to not get insurance through my job.

American healthcare is the best.

Anonymous said...

I get it. My insurance is through my husband's employer. They offer multiple options for general insurance, but only one vision and one dental.

I have strong opinions about the problems associated with tying insurance to employers, aside from the limitations of specific insurance providers. I think it's something that started off well-meaning, but has become really problematic. (I know two cancer patients who couldn't withstand treatment while also working, for example.)