Overheard as the analysts cheered: Conservative voters hear a lot of prime bullroar on Fox. Liberals should be looking for ways to tell them they’re being conned.
For that reason, the analysts sent up a long, lusty cheer last week. Chris Hayes was talking to Ben Domenech about the debt limit nonsense.
Along the way, Hayes described the way the world works—and he displayed some human feeling. When he made these remarks, the analysts loudly cheered:
HAYES (10/16/13): So here is my question. The conservative grass roots, which I would say you are a member of—and there are many people, I think, you know, rank and file members of conservative grass roots who I just substantively disagree with, find even their views dangerous and contemptible, but just good citizens like you and I, right? People of different backgrounds.“They’re giving us our old Chris Hayes back,” one of the analysts cried.
And I just want to say you are being played for a con. These hucksters tell you things that are false. They lie to you. Ted Cruz lies to you. Heritage Action lies to you. Everybody lies to you. There is a whole cottage industry before the election to tell you, “You are winning the election, they are losing.” They tell you your ideas are popular when they are not. They tell you your party is winning when it is not. They tell you the president is losing this and he looks terrible because people are stronger. At what point do grass roots conservatives stop allowing their leadership to lie to them
Impossible! First, Hayes seemed to say that he can respect people whose views differ from his. He then described the way the world works:
Those people are getting lied to, conned, a large amount of the time!
What is the great moral failure of the pseudo-liberal world? We’d say it’s the inability to feel angry when regular people, however gullible, get lied to by the swells.
It isn’t like we liberals don’t get lied to by our leaders too! All last year, the leadership of the liberal world churned an astounding array of false and unfounded facts about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
We liberals didn’t know we were getting conned. That’s the way the world works!
Last week, when the analysts cheered, we quietly took them aside. We told them it would have been even better if Hayes had said something like this:
What Hayes actually said: At what point do grass roots conservatives stop allowing their leadership to lie to them?Some say we’re a dreamer. But, as Gallant said to Goofus, we’re not the only ones!
What Hayes should have said: How can decent people work together to make the lying stop?
At any rate, conservative voters hear all kinds of bull on Fox. And then, just two nights ago, Chris Hayes did it again! He started his program like this:
HAYES (10/22/13): Good evening from New York. I’m Chris Hayes.Trust us, that was just the beginning. On and on—and on and on—the repetitious videotape went. Hayes played tape of voice after voice after voice after voice, all declaring that Obamacare was causing workers to get bumped back to part-time work.
Republicans have been scoring a lot of cheap political points on Obamacare lately because, let’s face it, Healthcare.gov has made it easy to do. When for example your Web site doesn’t work, you leave yourselves open to attack.
But Obamacare also provides a convenient scapegoat to blame for all sorts of economic ills that either pre-existed or just have nothing to do with the health care law. Thanks to a new jobs report today, delayed by the government shutdown, tonight we have facts. One bit of data in particular might finally put one of the most insidious lies out of its misery, [the claim] that Obamacare is a job killer.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (videotape): Larry, you say blame the health care law for the surge in part-time workers?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (videotape): Welcome to part-time nation. Not something we want to be proud of.
HAYES: “Obamacare is causing a rise in part-time employment.”
GRACE-MARIE TURNER (videotape): In order to comply with this law, they’re having to put people on part-time to save their company.
HAYES: You hear it everywhere.
STUART VARNEY (videotape): There’s been a shift in hiring patterns because Obamacare is coming.
HAYES: It’s a talking point repeated by pundits of all stripes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (videotape): You can all see the rise in part-time employment labor.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (videotape): We are becoming something of a part-time employment country.
HAYES: On Fox News.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (videotape): We have also cut back on hiring full-time employees.
HAYES: And by Republican politicians ad nauseam.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (videotape): Just when we need a full-time economy, America is becoming a part-time economy. These are the effects of Obamacare.
This ubiquitous claim never really made sense. New data show that it just isn’t happening. But the claim will surely keep getting repeated. That’s the way our society works.
As he opened his program that night, Hayes was displaying the basic architecture of American pseudo-discourse. The same thing happened all last year, when voice after voice after voice after voice conned the nation’s liberals by telling them, to cite one example of many, that George Zimmerman had been told not to get out of his car.
Liberals didn’t know that was a con. Conservatives don’t know that the claim about part-time work is a con. But as he played that repetitious tape, Hayes was displaying the architecture of our broken discourse and world.
What a pair of performances! Last week, it almost seemed that Hayes knew how to be offended when regular people who vote conservative get disinformed by the swells.
Very few liberals know how to do that. We are very bad people now too, with hate-filled leaders working hard to lead us far astray.
That’s what Hayes did last week. This week, he did something that should be done all the time. He played tape of people repeating a standard ubiquitous claim—a standard claim which is bogus.
Last week, the analyst cheered when they Hayes displayed some human feeling. “They’re giving us our old Hayes back,” one analyst gullibly shouted.