Ok, Ok, Just One MORE Thing…
Now that this whole thing has played out, more or less, we’ve moved into the media equivalency stage. I fucking HATE the media equivalency stage. “Both sides do it, blah blah blah.”
No, they do not. And as highlighted in tigris’ comment in the last Comments Out of Context (in response to the original alert, posted by El Cid over at Sadly, No!), we have a pretty easy litmus test we can apply to show the difference.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present….monkey with a gun photoshopped into his hand.
Look, the only thing that sets this apart from the Weekly World News is that they told the viewers it was a photoshop – as both tigris and El Cid noted, perhaps because their viewers wouldn’t have known otherwise.
This is so emblematic that I suggest “Monkey. Photoshopped with gun.” should become the new shorter response to any and all questions and musings about the “equivalence” of tactics in the mainstream or even leftist media (which hardly exists), vs those in the right-wing media. It’s even getting its own tag.
Update: For those who haven’t watched the clip, what’s even worse than the photoshop is the fact that Fox News pug Gretchen Carlson is reporting – with a straight face – that “the Taliban is training monkeys to shoot and kill American soldiers.” One wonders exactly how one would go about training a monkey not only to aim and shoot a gun, but also how to train the monkeys about which people to shoot. Not to mention how to reload and all that other stuff that would, you know, be kind of important for a Monkey Soldier to know about.
Maybe the answer here is that these Killer Monkeys are significantly more intelligent than the average Fox News viewer.