telling it like it is
Oliver Willis links, via Electrolyte, to this excellent post at Public Nuisance, and I'll do the same by appropriating the same quote Oliver used, because it's a killer:
When Al Gore talks, conservatives listen. And then they lie. And they never, ever, apologize or retract. They just play up one lie until it's discredited, or long after, and then go on to the next one. Conservatives pundits have been doing so for years. And their younger brethren in the blogosphere have learned the same rules.
To cite one obvious example, the claim that Gore said he "invented the Internet" is pure bunkum, but it was repeated often enough that it's accepted as fact. Don't stop there; read the whole post.
I might add that we saw the same pattern in the whole Democrats "not interested in the security of the American people" (that's a direct quote by Bush, folks--he didn't say "Homeland Security" or "National Defense," he said that); I challenged those who agree with the Administration to admit that Bush had gone too far, but what I saw instead (although I admit, I didn't look much) were attacks on Daschle. I have problems with the way the Dems are approaching this debate, of course, but that isn't the issue.