Media Matters Knows Their Readers Are Stupid: Eric Holder Edition
There’s old video circulating the internet showing Eric Holder explaining how people need to be brainwashed into supporting stricter gun laws. (Via Breitbart.com)
If you’ve been following the Fast and Furious scandal, it is pretty easy to see how this philosophy, first verbalized in 1995, was applied to the gunwalking scheme in 2009. In fact, it takes extra effort to pretend there is no obvious connection to the concept Holder laid out and the actions of his DOJ under Obama.
That’s where Media Matters comes in.
Matt Gertz throws his hands up in the air and breathlessly claims that Holder was talking about gun violence in DC.
Pollak goes on to write that in his speech, Holder said that he wanted a campaign involving television ads and celebrities to convince young people in D.C. that it is “not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore.” The implication from Pollak — and the other right-wing media outlets now picking up on his post — is that this is evidence that Holder is virulently anti-gun. Someare even echoing right-wing conspiracies to bizarrely link the video to the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious.
What the right-wing media never get around to mentioning is that in 1995, when Holder gave the speech, it was illegal to possess a handgun in Washington D.C.
In other words, in calling for efforts to teach young people that “it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore,” Holder, the chief prosecutor for the District of Columbia, was discussing a campaign to encourage citizens of his jurisdiction not to break the law.
Oh, thanks for the information, Matt! Because we couldn’t have heard all of that in the video where Holder says all that!
Matt is hoping most of the dullards who take him seriously won’t actually watch the video and assume it is “selectively edited.” Anyone who watches the video knows what the video is about. I’m going to give Matt the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s not as stupid as his readers are. He knows what he’s trying to do.
He’s trying to make it seem impossible that Holder would take this concept of “brainwashing” people into being anti-gun and take it up a notch as Attorney General. Seeing as how his initial “brainwashing” campaign failed in DC, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Holder to still think manipulation of public opinion was a useful goal while changing some of the tactics.
Like, for example, instead of doing the ad blitzes and the PR stuff, maybe they would create a crisis in Mexico that they could blame on lax gun laws in the US? Hmmm. Did Matt think of that? Of course he did. He’s not the stupid one, his readers are.
You have to give Media Matters credit. They really know their audience. If we tried to pull something like this on you guys, you’d never visit this site again. Media Matters readers are too stupid to realize they’re being played.