As Stephen Colbert noted, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias." Conservatives would rather believe in bullshit than in facts, sometimes to their peril... The latest example of pig-headed denial of reality is the conservative media's downplaying of the dangers of hurricane Matthew, which is bearing down on Florida's Atlantic coast:
Yet in the face of those pleas conservative aggregator Matt Drudge, who has a house in Florida, tweeted that “The deplorables are starting to wonder if govt has been lying to them about Hurricane Matthew intensity to make exaggerated point on climate,” and “Hurricane Center has monopoly on data. No way of verifying claims. Nassau ground observations DID NOT match statements! 165mph gusts? WHERE?”
At the risk of sounding, uh, deplorable, I really don't care if the deplorable deplorables decide to believe their media darlings and decide to ride out the storm on the coast. Florida is a swing-state, and the notion of thousands of Drudge/Trump acolytes being swept out to the briny depths a month before election day is not exactly tragic. Conservatives, President Obama wants you to take to higher ground- you can't let the perfidious Kenyan boss you around like that.
Even funnier is a libertarian website's decision to preemptively blame Obama for the destruction of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort (if it gets flooded in a storm surge, Donald can change its name to Mar Debajo Del Mar):
“SHAMELESS: Obama Refuses to Act as Hurricane Matthew Heads Straight for Trump’s Estate in Mar-A-Lago,” the Heatstreet headline blared.
I sure hope that the post is satire, but we live in a post Poe's Law world. If not, I'm not sure if the headline writer thinks that President Obama, like King Canute, should attempt to hold back the tide, or if Obama should merely rein in his weather smurfing machine, but either way, he's complicit.
Roy's latest post covered conservative butthurt over liberal contempt for 'heartlanders', but it's crap like Drudge and Limbaugh's patent lies about the government overplaying hurricane dangers that leads to this disdain. Conservatives tend to rely more on government assistance than liberals, they receive more tax dollars than they pay out, yet they see government perfidy even in storm warnings that are meant to save their dumb asses.
And, no, I really don't want a bunch of GOP yahoos swept out to sea because they believed their lying 'thought leaders', but I'd be lying if I said I'd mourn such an occurrence.