How Ignorance Spreads--posted by Tony Garcia on 10/27/2012
This is how ignorance spreads. First one person makes a ridiculously exaggerated statement.
But you can't erase what you've already done, they've voted to extend tax cuts for the very wealthy, giving a $500 trillion dollar tax-cut to 120,000 families.Then the hundred people are going to go home and repeat it as fact. And maybe 1% of the new second hand audience will catch the quote as being wrong. Maybe 4% will catch the quote as being ridiculous. But of the remaining 95% of the new second hand audience maybe as many as 45% will just dismiss it as coming from a partisan who is repeating partisan stuff and dismiss it.
But the remaining 50% will be blindly following enough to repeat the broken figure to people. And so on and so on.
Remember, kids, the national debt is a staggering $16 trillion and if there had been a proposal to cut taxes by more than 50 times the national debt the MSM would have been all over it. You would have heard about it without trying. That person would have been skewered by hacks like Whoopi Goldberg, Cooper Anderson and Steven Colbert. But that person would have my vote!
Not only does ignorance spread from ridiculous misinformation like this, but had this been a Republican that made such an obvious misquote (and with Biden misquotes come often) there would be a national story calling into question the speaker's intelligence as well. Enter the nightly talk show surrogates like Letterman who would reinforce that perception. And then that audience tells someone and ignorance again spreads.