Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Greenwald and McArdle

FMM and I do our part to point and laugh and mock at Megan McArdle, but for true evisceration you need to go to the master, Glenn Greenwald. We can point out the flaws in logic and often fact; he can provide the proof to utterly refute and destroy bad argument.

This is what happens constantly -- ill-motivated and/or ill-informed people spout the most blatant falsehoods, using their venues and credentials to mislead others on these sorts of issues. I would love to know how many readers of right-wing journals continue to believe that a federal appeals court last week "vindicated" Bush's NSA warrantless spying activities even though that judicial decision (as even favorite GOP Law Professor Orin Kerr acknowledges) had nothing whatsoever to do with the principal controversy of whether a President has the right to violate Congressional statutes when spying on Americans. It really isn't that hard to refrain from writing about things or making statements about matters that you know absolutely nothing about, or at least to spend a small amount of time finding out before using a platform like The Atlantic or a large blog or a law degree to spout whatever pops into your head.

Just beautiful. Bravo, sir. Bravo. Read, as they say, the rest.

2 comments:

clever pseudonym said...

"It really isn't that hard to refrain from writing about things or making statements about matters that you know absolutely nothing about..."

Megan wouldn't have a blog if she did that. At the very least she'd have to wrap her mind around the concept of doing research when you don't understand something.

Susan of Texas said...

God forbid!