Redstate chief Erickson lied on the Colbert Report about white house spokeswoman Linda Douglass calling opponents of health care reform “brownshirts.” Of course, she did no such thing.
But Erickson either fabricated a memory of her doing it or is just used to never being challenged on his serial inaccuracy. My guess is it’s the latter. For him, it is the true definition of Colbert’s “truthiness,” a concept Erickson remains pathetically, yet comically, ignorant of in his watered down apology.
In fact, Colbert had Douglass on the next day to give Erickson the smackdown he deserved. After such a public pwning, Erickson must have figured he could no longer stick with his lie, hence his self congratulatory fake apology. Here’s the gist of it:
I actually called Douglass that related to her demand for people to turn in their neighbors by forwarding in their emails with supposedly lies and mistruths about health care.
Goebbels was Hitler’s propaganda minister and believed that the big lie, if told often enough, would be accepted as truth. In her capacity in the White House promoting health care deform through propaganda and efforts to have people turn their neighbors in for daring to speak against Obamacare, and as a former journalist who gave soft ball interviews on the campaign trail to members of Obama’s campaign team, thereby helping him advance, then jumping ship to work for him, I still stand by the comparison
Douglass’s “demand” for people to snitch on their neighbors? Here’s the bit from the WH website that set off that bit of apoplexy:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ya. That’s what Erickson is basing his comparison to Geobbels on. They actually believe this kind of behavior will propel them to great victories next November. Remember those Sarah Palin rallies from the campaign?
They will pale in comparison to what we’re in store for when the teabaggers let loose over the next eight months.