From the Files of Partisanship Makes You Stupid

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Righty blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit mistakes closed captioning of Obama’s Tucson speech for authoritarian audience instructions. Ed Driscoll of Pajamas Media and conservative blogger Doug Ross then triumphantly run with the error.

It’s one thing when your biases cause you to overlook the obvious and post something silly. I’ve certainly done that. But all three have now been made aware of Hoft’s mistake. They’re refusing to correct their posts.

And so the public discourse gets a little bit dumber.

Digg it |  reddit | |  Fark

21 Responses to “From the Files of Partisanship Makes You Stupid

  1. #1 |  Pete Guither | 

    One of the things I loved was how a couple of determined commenters at one of the sites, after finally understanding that it was closed captioning, still held to their belief that it still functioned as an applause prompt — apparently through some temporal anomaly arranged by the Obama staff, closed captioners who were reporting on the applause they heard actually managed to cause it to happen in the first place.

  2. #2 |  demize! | 

    Authoritarian corcern trolls act concerned…

  3. #3 |  the innominate one | 

    According to Al Franken, the same thing happened at the memorial for Paul Wellstone: the closed captioning on the screens projecting the speakers was reported to be audience instructions.

  4. #4 |  Jay | 

    you know you’re far out when even Glenn “Let’s Nuke North Korea” Reynolds isn’t buying it


  5. #5 |  Joey Maloney | 

    Radley, I would expect someone as sharp as you to know that correlation does not equal causation. It’s equally likely that stupidity makes you partisan.

  6. #6 |  Aaron | 

    Being able to attack the other side is more important than being right for them.

  7. #7 |  Collin | 

    They scored points for Team R. It doesn’t matter if on review of the play it was found to be out of line. The fans are still cheering.

  8. #8 |  Chuchundra | 

    We’ll see this again in 2012. The usual suspects will slip it into their conversation, “just like when the audience in Tuscon was instructed to applaud Obama” and nobody will even peep about it.

  9. #9 |  Dan | 

    Even weirder accusation from iOwnTheWorld:

    “Many on the left were quick to point out that the “applause” that appears on the screen are not prompts but closed-captioning. Really? … I think it’s WORSE that it’s closed-captioning. … Had some ass prompted the people to cheer, boo, applaud, act like morons and completely inappropriately, I would still have a scintilla of hope that maybe the left could be rehabilitated. Nope. Sadly the screen was merely reporting the goings-on. Scary, huh?.”

    What on earth does this MEAN?

    Everyone on the right and left should run their thoughts through a hackery-filter: ‘Would I really be saying this if the parties involved were reversed?’

  10. #10 |  Closed Captioning isn’t a teleprompter « doubleplusundead | 

    […] Posted: January 16, 2011 by veeshir in Uncategorized 0 Wherein Veeshir sides with the Radley Balko (leftist libertarian) and LGF (leftist shallow thinker) over Gateway Pundit and the other righties […]

  11. #11 |  Collin | 

    “Everyone on the right and left should run their thoughts through a hackery-filter: ‘Would I really be saying this if the parties involved were reversed?’”

    I think some time shortly after Obama was sworn in the Republicans and Democrats had an official script switching ceremony. Things that were an outrage under Bush are now fine with the Democrats and the things that were fine with the Republicans are now an outrage under Obama. No one misses a beat. Its like that anecdote of the two pundits switching sides and nobody noticing writ large.

  12. #12 |  Mister DNA | 

    The link in the trackback at #10 is hilarious.

  13. #13 |  James D | 

    Yeah this was ridiculous … but so was passing out t-shirts for the event ….

  14. #14 |  Cackalacka | 

    My favorite from the Ed Driscoll site is, once several posters pointed out that his post was fantastically stupid, posted:

    “Update: Readers seeking a glimpse of the newly becalmed tone of the president’s supporters in the wake of his call for increased civility during his speech on Wednesday are welcome to peruse the comments to this post.”

    Are authoritarian movement conservatives really that freakin dense?

  15. #15 |  Rich Jones | 

    “There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive.” Thomas Jefferson in a Letter to Edward Dowse (19 April 1803)

  16. #16 |  Joe | 


  17. #17 |  Medicine Man | 

    I don’t think that guy Veeshir likes what you write, Radley. Even when agreeing with you he uses ad hominem fallacies.

  18. #18 |  Serolf Divad | 

    Dan, above, caught the best moment in this feeding frenzy of stupidity. It’s when Ed Driscoll (of Pajamas Media) finally realizes that he’s been saying something stupid all along, but… OMG, that actually makes it all the worse for Obama.

  19. #19 |  Julian | 

    Collin @ #11: I don’t know; Republicans still seem to be fine with torture, endless war, police militarization, and the removal of civil liberties from select citizens traveling out of or in to the United States.

    Having said that, you’re largely correct. The about-face of the Democratic leadership, on the wars, on civil liberties, on DHS; on practically everything, has been nothing short of appalling. I’ve proudly voted Dem my whole life, but I can’t say with any conviction that I’ll be casting my vote that way come 2012.

    Not that it’ll hurt them or anything. As a Texas liberal, the national party doesn’t particularly care about my vote anyway. At least Dean tried :/

  20. #20 |  neil | 

    When given a choice between one party which says it’s against torture while actively supporting it, and another party which says it’s against torture while merely ignoring it, I have to go for the second.

  21. #21 |  J Peron | 

    The hilarious part is how they are trying to excuse their innate dumbness. They are saying the audience was so dumb that even if it were closed captioning people would take it as instructions, so they were apparently right all along. Of course the closed captioning doesn’t appear BEFORE the applauding but after it. The people couldn’t be following the captions thinking it was instructions since the captions only come after the applause.