The Greatest Threat to the Planet: The Right Wing Echo Chamber
November 5, 2010
The more deluded climate deniers are, the more certain they seem about their information. I see it every day. But it’s not limited to the climate denier community. We have a larger problem – the cancerous growth of a self reinforcing, right wing echo chamber media that has no anchor in reality, and no rationale other than political expediency in deciding which rumors, factoids, falsehoods and conspiracy theories it spreads.
Moreover, what, I am sure seemed like merely a great venue for disseminating one sided political propoganda, the Fox news, talk radio axis – has become over time an overwhelmingly powerful reality distortion field. It insures that not only are we as Americans divided by ideology, but that we functionally live on different planets in terms of what is accepted as true and false accounts of history and current events. Saddam attacked us. Those WMDs are still out there. Obama is a Kenyan smuggling muslims into the country. There is no climate change.
Ronald Reagan said you were entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. In 2010 America, those who claim to honor him have decided that, no, you are entitled to your very own fabricated reality.