OneNewsNow joke complaint of the week is featuring a story titled “TX congresswoman accused of ‘elitism’.” (Someone remind me–is that a misdemeanor or a felony?) The reason given for Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s malfeasance? She was “taking a phone call during a Houston town hall meeting while a cancer survivor was attempting to ask her a question.”

Of course, Jackson Lee was evidently talking to people in Washington trying to get answers to a question that had already been asked, and I doubt she knew the person clamoring for attention was a cancer survivor (not that this status makes a difference). And Jackson Lee’s assuring the person “I’m here” was apparently taken as a joke by the OneNewsNow “journalist.”

It gets better, though. Enter Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, an outfit further to the right of James Inhofe and Pat Robertson combined. Adams was “not buying Jackson Lee’s story”:

“I think if that’s what she was doing — I think I heard the word ‘dude’ being screamed into her phone — and not only did she take it away from her ear, but put it up to her mouth in order to speak rather loudly into her cell phone,” Adams points out.

“So I think what we were looking at…is a member of the ruling elite dealing with the working class. This is not the American way,” she remarks. “That is socialism, and no thank you.”

First of all, if you watch the video, it is crystal-clear that the word “dude” was uttered by the person filming the event.

Second, how does one get “socialism” from this incident, even were Jackson Lee guilty of ill behavior? Easy! You decide in advance that all Democrats are socialists, you get pissed at something inconsequential ,and you open your puckered maw and say one of the six words in your vocabulary.

The finale:

Adams contends that the public health insurance plan supported by President Obama and Congresswoman Jackson Lee would eventually lead to a single-payer system that would take away a patients’ choice of doctors.

And I have no doubt that 99% of the site’s regular readers (or “read-tos”) will accept this uncritically.

The main reason I can’t stand dumbfuck sites like this isn’t that they print laughably stupid things. It’s that this is exactly the kind of crap that whips the blinkered base into a blind, churning frenzy, and the “editors” of OneNewsNow damned well know it.

  1. #1 by threlkeld on August 14, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Looks like “socialism” is the new “awesome.” Everyone uses it without really understanding what it means.

  2. #2 by Wes on August 14, 2009 - 6:55 pm

    “So I think what we were looking at…is a member of the ruling elite dealing with the working class. This is not the American way,” she remarks. “That is socialism, and no thank you.”

    So I think what we’re looking at is a member of the extreme right wing distorting even the most trivial actions to make them fit into the conspiratorial worldview of dumb, angry people. That’s right wing populism, and no thank you.

  3. #3 by yogibear on August 14, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    Playing devil’s advocate, Shirley Jackson Lee isn’t the sharpest spoon in the drawer. While touring the Houston Space Center during the height of the Mars rover landings, she asked if the camera on the Mars rover could pick up the flag Armstrong left on the moon.

  4. #4 by hopper3011 on August 17, 2009 - 11:53 am

  5. #5 by mgordon on August 30, 2009 - 3:50 am


  6. #6 by hopper3011 on August 30, 2009 - 8:22 am

    I was wondering the same thing?

  7. #7 by Jim Fiore on August 30, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Sorry guys, I can’t speak for the others but I have been buried at work. Complete reorganization of the academic side of the college.

    Not that you want to read about paradiddles anyway. I have managed to post a couple of new tunes to my myspace page if you’re really in need of at least a tangential refuge fix:

  8. #8 by Crudely Wrott on September 11, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Doctor Jones? Where are you?

    Appreciative Reader.

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