30 Jun 2008 11:43 pm   //   Filed under: In the news

Corrupting the marketplace of ideas

I’m fascinated by the conservative whispering campaign that’s turning people against Obama not because of his ideas, but because of his skin color and a factually inaccurate narrative that depicts him as a Muslim. I’ve written about this before. People can be made to belive almost anything when they’re motivated by sufficient fear.

So I was not surprised to read this excellent Washington Post story: In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying

I’d like to assure my international readers that the bigoted idiots of Findlay, Ohio, quoted in this story (“All I know for sure about Obama is that we’re not ready for him”) are not typical Americans.

UPDATE: The Findlay Courier opinion page responds with a breathtaking failure to see the big picture.