TPM’s manufactured “right-wing freak out”
Must be a slow day at TPM. They’ve decided the “latest right-wing freakout” has to do with Obama’s plan to give Manhattan back to the indians.
Apparently this was all spawned by a World Net Daily article which one has to assume TPM feels represents all of the right-wing. Yes, according to TPM:
The outrage began after the President announced on December 16 that the U.S. would reverse course and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Declaration was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007, but the U.S., under President Bush, opposed it.
Really? Outrage? Hell, I never even heard of it until TPM brought it up. And WND is not exactly a site I read or feel represents the views of most that consider themselves to “right-wingers”. It is sort of the National Enquirer of the right side of the political spectrum.
But hey, what’s a 1,000 words or so in an effort to falsely paint the right as “freaking out” over something that most thinking people know is never going to happen. Give always? Sure – government, especially under a liberal like Obama, is going to try to take from one side (the successful side) and “spread it around”. But come on – give Manhattan back to the indians. Only a liberal would consider that even remotely possible.
And, of course, it is the liberal side of the blogosphere that are commenting on (and running with) the story: Alan Colmes (Liberaland), Dennis G. (Balloon Juice), Ron Chusid (Liberal Values), Alex Parnee (Salon), Zandar (No More Mister Nice Blog) and Joan McCarter (Daily Kos).
Oh, wait, there was one more person, supposedly on the right, who commented. Bryan Fischer. Yeah, you remember him – the fellow who said the Medal of Honor was being “feminized”. Right – he belongs in the same place as WND.
Two mentions by a marginal right publication and personality and somehow the left weaves it into a right-wing freakout and conspiracy theory.
Except it is 7 liberal blogs pushing the nonsense.
Who exactly is “freaking out” here?