Efficiency

May 2nd, 2007at 07:19pm Posted by Eli

Debbie Schlussel’s lie-to-word ratio is really quite impressive:

In a May 1 weblog post, right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel speculated that a Canton, Michigan, resident who had allegedly suffered “extensive” injuries to his hand when a homemade “cherry bomb” he and his friends created accidentally exploded might be Pakistani. Asserting that “[s]ince Muslim terrorists are generally more clandestine — and occasionally more clever,” Schlussel said that the alleged cherry bomb maker and his friends in fact “might not be Muslim.” The only basis she cited for her speculation that they might be Pakistani was that, according to her, there is a “large Muslim Paki, er … Pakistani population” in Canton. As Media Matters for America noted when Schlussel used the term in an April 16 blog post, “Paki” is a disparaging term for a person of Pakistani descent. Schlussel used the term “Paki” twice in the May 1 post, and said in her second use of the term: “I would be remiss in not pointing out the large Muslim Paki, er … Pakistani population in Canton. After all, I wouldn’t want to disappoint my friends from the deceptively-named, Nazi-funded Media Matters for America.

In describing Media Matters as “Nazi-funded,” Schlussel linked to an April 18 blog post in which she falsely claimed that Media Matters was funded by philanthropist George Soros and smeared Soros as “a fake Holocaust survivor, who — instead of ‘surviving’ the Holocuast [sic] — helped the Nazis perpetrate it.” The only source Schlussel provided for these claims was David Horowitz and Richard Poe’s thoroughly discredited book The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party (Nelson Current, 2006). As Media Matters has noted, several conservative media figures have distorted Soros’ experience as a 14-year-old boy in Nazi-controlled Hungary to suggest that he collaborated with the Nazis.

So, I count at least two lies and one non-sequitur which is probably also a lie (i.e., the implication that Media Matters is against America) in one 19-word sentence, for a lie-to-word ratio of almost 1:6. But if you hone in on the nitty-gritty part of the sentence after the sarcasm, the true lie-to-word ratio is a very impressive 1:3. I mean, that’s Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh territory.
Well done, Debbie Schlussel. Well done.

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