Gut Rumbles
 

February 03, 2006

some lies never die

As soon as I saw the headline ("FBI Joins Ala. Church Fires Investigation") I KNEW that I would see a lie in the article. Sure enough, there is was:

In 1996, race was a factor in a series of arsons that damaged rural black churches in Alabama and elsewhere.

Remember that lie? Remember the commercials during Bill Clinton's Presidential reelection campaign, warning folks that more black churches would burn if they voted Republican? Remember what complete bullshit that was?

I do. But some lies never go away because they fit certain selfish agendas better than the truth does. An "epidemic" of church-burnings was GOOD for the Democrats in 1996; so, they invented one. They did such a good job that their lies became conventional wisdom, thanks to the useful idiots in Mainstream Media, who reported the lies as gospel.

The same thing happened with the EPA's 1993 report on second hand smoke. That pack of lies STILL rears its ugly head in anti-smoking laws today, despite the fact that the study was thoroughly debunked years ago.

It's too bad we didn't have bloggers fact-checking some asses back then.

Comments

you are right again there mr smith-on that note i think i will fire up another marlboro j

Posted by: j on February 3, 2006 07:51 PM

I remember when Clinton said that he remembered black church burnings in his youth in Arkansas. Someone looked into this and could not find one black church burning down during that time.

Posted by: Dan on February 3, 2006 10:10 PM

Spot on, Dan!! That was one of my favorite Clinton "legends."

Posted by: Indigo on February 3, 2006 11:38 PM

Wasn't that specifically in the summer of 96? I recall it being right between two other years in which there were epidemics of shark attacks and child abductions, respectively. All three totally manufactured by the media, of course. None of the three were actual statistical aberrations - just one more thing drummed up by the media to sell papers. Assholes.

Posted by: Tim Higgins on February 5, 2006 01:09 PM
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