Thursday, January 10, 2013

Born Every Minute

In another "sun rises in East" revelation, some are pointing out how the credulous are being taken for a ride by their right-wing heroes; now, it's not just the phony media ginning up fear and loathing. It's the way in which they dishonestly separate those gullible followers from their money, for personal enrichment.

FreedomWorks, which is funded primarily by very rich people, solicits donations from non-rich conservative people. More than 80,000 people donated money to FreedomWorks in 2012, and it seems likely that only a small minority of those people were hedge fund millionaires. And what are people who donate to this grass-roots conservative organization funded mostly by a few very rich people getting for their hard-earned money? In addition to paying Dick Armey $400,000 a year for 20 years to stay away, FreedomWorks also apparently spent more than a million dollars paying Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to say nice things about FreedomWorks, in order to convince listeners to send FreedomWorks money that FreedomWorks would then give to Limbaugh and Beck. It’s a pretty simple con...  
This complete contempt for the audience is unique to the right-wing press — if the Huffington Post made its money selling snake oil, liberals would complain. The recent trickle of complaints about the major nonprofit money-making groups, like FreedomWorks and CrossroadsUSA, has come solely because those groups failed to win the election. If Romney, or even a couple of Senate candidates, had won, no one would mind that the two groups enriched their boards of directors on the backs of tens of thousands of small donors. Right-wing reaction to Armey’s admission to Media Matters has thus far been outrage …that Armey talked to Media Matters.

Of course, that's really just a microcosm of the whole scene: the entire teabagger/RWS™/Fox "news" three-way is nothing more than a get-rich-quick scheme aimed at the easily manipulated and happily distracted. Bought and taught by such as the self-serving Koch Brothers, manipulated by seductive deceivers like Glenn Beck into thinking they're acting in their own interests instead of those of their behind-the-curtain string-pullers, Tea Party people are dumbly doing their own long run destruction.

And yet, perfectly propagandized and brilliantly brainwashed, teabaggers rise up in indignant disagreement with anyone who points out the obvious. Unless they somehow wise up themselves, they'll be the end of us all. But since it hasn't happened yet, I can't imagine what it'd take to uneye the pulled wool.

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