Stupid or Simply Dishonest?

Does he think the American people are stupid? In his recent smear of Rick Perry, he poses the question “Is Rick Perry Dumb?”  Having met the governor, I can answer that question easily.  Rick Perry is not a stupid man.  By way of full disclosure, I am one Texan who does not favor Governor Perry even slightly in the upcoming Republican primaries, finding any number of other perfectly valid policy reasons to oppose him from my position as a conservative.  Nevertheless, in the interest of fairness, we mustn’t permit such obvious Obama shills as Jonathan Martin to smear another Republican candidate as “stupid.”  Rather than engage in a point-by-point rebuttal of Mr. Martin, I would like to pose my own question:  “Is Jonathan Martin stupid?”  I submit to you that this is a far more relevant query, and given the media tendency to avoid questions aimed at their own, I intend to ask them mercilessly about such members of the press.

If I ever find myself in close proximity to Chris Wallace, for instance, my first question for him will be: “Sir, are you a flake?” Just as I have challenged the wisdom of others in the media, so too will I challenge anybody who carries out a war of smears against Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Party folk, all under the guise of “News.”

The media likes to plant these words in association with Republicans and Conservatives(particularly those perceived by the electorate as the latter): Dumb. Stupid. Ignorant. Reactionary. Extreme. Chris Wallace added “Flake” with respect to Michele Bachmann, and Maureen what’s-her-name over at the NYTimes says Tea Party folk are “terrorists.”  Karl Rove added “thin-skinned” to the arsenal of the media in a smear against Sarah Palin.

What none of these people will ever tell you is that Barack Obama is dumb, is an extremist, and has hung out with terrorists, while his wife is a barely-restrained racist.  (“Racist” is another favorite, used most recently by a true dim bulb, Al Gore, to describe the nature of climate change skeptics.)  How many times has Sarah Palin been called “stupid” or “self-absorbed” or dismissed as a “publicity hound?” A thousand?  More?

No, it just won’t do to buy the left’s smears against the intelligence of center-right politicians any longer.  When considering the piece Mr. Martin has written, you might consider this: Virtually every source upon which he relied in order to make the case that “Perry is dumb” was a leftist politico, like Democrat legislators from Texas, and Paul Begala, a longtime political hack for the left.  This then prompts a question:  Does Mr. Martin think we’re dumb?  If so, he’s underestimated the people who read his columns on occasion.  Of course, the real problem is that Martin doesn’t care if you read it, but whether it pleases his masters, and provides another smear.  We’ve been down this road before with Mr. Martin. He certainly must be stupid if he had thought we would have forgotten.

Jonathan Martin has been in the limelight of political smears before, including his attack on Sarah Palin based on a completely manufactured story about Palin allegedly backing out of an interview with Mark Levin.  Levin was livid, and demanded an apology.  In fact, the episode turned into quite a big deal before all was said and done.  True to form, Martin has been involved in many smears against center-right folk, in a number of instances calling them “extremists.”  Not that we didn’t expect this, but to see it played out repeatedly in such a brazen manner suggests that if you ever get inside, you would be stunned at what these people really think.

We might well wonder what sort of surprise Mr. Martin has in store for his next release.  Let me guess: “Sarah Palin lacks gravitas.”  Yes, that would be par for the course, but I think it’s unfair to suggest that Mr. Martin is stupid.  It’s far more accurate to say he’s simply dishonest and incapable of thorough, accurate, and unbiased reporting.  In this whole smear against Perry’s intellect, I could find few things that were not twisted renditions of reality, but one did stick out:  He accurately described Texas Transportation Commissioner Ric Wiliamson as the intellectual force behind Perry’s ill-conceived and ill-fated TransTexas Corridor plan.  This is the most damning thing Martin manages to say about Perry, mostly without knowing it, while scurrying to advance his narrative about Rick Perry’s intellect.   You see, the TTC was a monstrosity, but so thin is Martin’s research that he never really addresses issues of substance, and this is key in understanding leftwing media.  It’s difficult to explain to readers the intracies and many problems with Perry’s ill-fated toll road project, but it’s much easier to imply or simply state the thesis of Rick Perry’s alleged “dumbness.”

For these reasons, I would suggest my fellow conservatives ignore these sorts of smears, against whichever candidate they may be leveled.  Instead, demand that the media provide real information, and real policy positions, and fact about politicians’ records on which voters can make informed decisions.  Of course, in their mission to elect Democrats, this becomes an obstacle to the real objects of the left-wing media scorn: Liberal-leaning voters.  These sorts of attacks on the intellect of center-right folk seem to play well with the liberal audience, and one could only wonder why.

As I said, Mr. Martin is not stupid, but he is artfully dishonest.  Translated, as he would present it for his lefty audience, he’s a “good liar.”

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