Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Coming Up Next on The Factor: Cognitive Dissonance

The Daily Show has fun with Bill O'Reilly's astonishing ability to compartmentalize his indignation.

It's too bad that more people don't know John Amato's advice for O'Reilly ambush victims: Just repeat "Andrea Mackris" until the Fox droids scurry dejectedly away, pretending that nothing happened.

There must be a virus going around. Here's even more self-delusional cognitive dissonance...National Review writers citing "Brazil" as "one of the best conservative movies of the last 25 years:

"The film is visually arresting and inventive, with especially evocative use of shots that put the audience in a subservient position, just like the people in the film. Terrorist bombings, national-security scares, universal police surveillance, bureaucratic arrogance, a callous elite, perversion of science, and government use of torture evoke the worst aspects of the modern megastate."

Is it even theoretically possible for someone's brain to allow them to write that last sentence in National Review as listing the hallmarks of "a totalitarian regime" and "the worst aspects of the modern megastate" without simultaneously realizing that this is everything that same magazine has cheered on for the last eight years at least? Karnick is a rabid fan of 24 and finds discussions of how the show glorifies torture and "the opinions of ex-military and police officers who argue that torture is never effective and never justified" to be "absurdly tendentious" and "stupendously uninteresting."

I just wish people who get ambushed by Faux News would look into the camera and say "I'm sorry, but I only give interviews to journalists."
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