Wednesday, September 21, 2011

When The Truth Doesn't Matter

The truth or facts do not matter to citizens of FOX News Nation.

Their audience, willing to be duped, consumes unchallenged everything uttered by FOX as the gospel truth.

FOX has notoriously whipped their audience into a frenzy by exaggerating and distorting truth.

Osama Bin Laden morphed into Saddam Hussein, hence the Iraqi war was on.

Acorn, amid a couple rogue volunteers that were reported by Acorn itself, was branded as a criminal organization trying to defraud elections.

An infinitesimally small and loosely organized band of Neo-Black Panthers in Philly was used to scared the FOX faithful of a rise of armed and dangerous black militants.

Their followers have tossed out fact checking and story verification to the point that they are now willing to believe any convenient story - from any right-wing source - if it aids their agenda.

Case in point, the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley:

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has admitted that she has no evidence backing her claim that half of job applicants at a local government facility flunked a drug test. She'd used the claim to push for requiring the jobless to pass a drug test to be eligible for benefits.

"I've never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you're given good information," Haley told Jim Davenport of the Associated Press. "And now I'm learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something."

Haley said two weeks ago she'd been told that of hundreds of job applicants at the Savannah River Site, a nuclear reservation owned by the U.S. Energy Department, half failed a drug test. But Jim Giusti, a spokesman for Energy Department, told HuffPost that of the workers hired over the past few years, less than 1 percent failed a test. Additionally, only new hires -- not applicants -- have to submit to testing in the first place

Haley told AP she'd used the anecdote "a million times" to promote drug-testing for the jobless. "It is the reason you're hearing me look into whether we can do drug testing," she said.

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