I just read the headlines.

I’m actually fascinated by the dishonesty of Dana Loesch in accusing Jimmy Hoffa Jr. of inciting violence. She even posts a quote about Mr. Hoffa and claims that the quote proves her point when it actually proves the opposite.

Jimmy Hoffa Jr. did not call for violence. He said,

“Everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back & keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these sons of bitches out”

By repeating the last part of that quote and minimizing the rest of it, right wing bloggers have suggested that Hoffa’s words were incendiary. After the left wing’s reaction to the false accusations, Loesch defended herself by writing “Hoffa […] made it very clear that he wasn’t talking about “voting.”, and she pulled a quote from Talking Points Memo. That quote was:

Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday.
Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box.
Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again.

“‘Take out’ Republicans at the ballot box”. Clearly, nothing about the quote she pulled backs up her thesis. In fact, the quote contradicts it. Even without TPM’s editorializing, Hoffa’s words were clearly metaphorical. But that the quote she pulled contradicts her assertions indicates that she doesn’t expect her readers to actually read past the first few lines. This is one step up from writing “Obama is a Muslim Extremist Communist Thug” and filling the rest of the post with “Lorem ipsum”s. She expects her audience to read the zinger at the top, and note that the post has a few quotes which must back up her bullshit. After all, her readers don’t spend $70 a month for 150 channels just to spend all their time reading.

Her writing is sarcastic, simplistic, and false. It’s a simple formula but it’s fascinating how well it works.

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