The Liberal Art Of Making An Urban Legend Stick

Bob Dutko | September 28, 2011 | 4:12pm EDT
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"Jerry Falwell called Tinky Winky gay"

"Bush lied about Iraq and WMD's"

"Billionaires pay a lower tax rate than janitors"

"Republicans cheered letting an uninsured man die"

The first of these two lies have already taken root in the beliefs of Americans, while the cement is slowly drying on the last two. But, how, exactly, do liberals promote these myths? It's simple: their consciences don't stop them.

Ask any 10 people over the age of 30 what Jerry Falwell thought of the purple Teletubby, "Tinky Winky," and they will pretty much all say the same thing, "Yeah, I remember that. He called him gay".

The truth is, of course, that Falwell did no such thing. Gay publications had been claiming this purple Teletubby as a gay icon for years throughout the 1990's. Many secular media outlets reported on the "Tinky Winky is gay" claims by gay groups, including Salon, People Magazine, Time Magazine, etc.

It was only AFTER these media reports that the student-run newspaper for Liberty University ran its first story on this, merely reporting what the mainstream media, and the gay media themselves, were claiming.

Since Falwell founded Liberty University, he was made responsible for a student newspaper article and the news that day became: "Jerry Falwell calls Teletubby gay."

Falwell even went on television that night to declare that, when he was asked to comment on the Tinky Winky scandal, his first words were, "what's a Tinky Winky?”

At this point, the story should have died. But it didn't. The left-wing press, politicians, celebrities, and late night comedians continued to sell the story as though it were true. Their consciences didn't kick in.

Fast forward to today, and it's become so accepted as true, it's practically in the history books.

They did the same thing with "Bush lied". Never mind the pesky truth that Bush didn't go into Iraq until after the Democrats in Washington voted to authorize it, warning that Saddam Hussein "is a threat" and must be removed. Their consciences didn't kick in, and now you might as well add that urban legend to the history books, too.

The latest urban legends being sold by liberals are that Millionaires and Billionaires pay a lower tax rate than the Middle Class, and that Republicans at the recent Tea Party-sponsored debate actually "cheered and applauded" the suggestion that an uninsured patient be "left to die."

Never mind the fact that even the Associated Press debunked the Millionaires vs. Middle Class tax rate urban legend.

Never mind the fact that - when Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul, "should society let that person die?" -  Ron Paul’s answer was "No," and that not one person cheered or applauded. You had two people, out of a crowd of over a thousand, yell "yeah."

Not one clap. Not one cheer.

Yet, in just the last few days, President Obama declared to the Congressional Black Caucus, "If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a janitor makes me a warrior for the middle class, I wear that with a badge of honor."

He had just told a fundraiser in San Jose, California, "It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have healthcare." This was right after he stressed the importance of having a "fact-based" America.

His conscience didn't kick in.

Late night comedians, news reporters and politicians are selling what are proven to be urban legends. Even the President is doing it. They know these are lies.

Unfortunately - given a microphone, an audience, and a conscience - you need only two out of these three things to make an urban legend stick.

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