Most liberals have accused the conservative media of essentially fabricating the news. And rightfully so. There’s a reason why you only hear about certain stories on Fox News – because they’re so ridiculous that nobody else will cover them.
It’s the ultimate conspiracy theorist’s dream. The argument that, “See, they won’t report the truth! Only I’m reporting the truth!”
And that’s basically the premise the conservative media has built for years. Don’t trust the media – only trust us.
It’s a point Rachel Maddow addressed when she laid into Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller website for blatantly pushing a story that had already been soundly debunked.
The story she was referring to linked Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to Dominican prostitutes. A story that the New York Post didn’t even find credible and had already been discredited by The Washington Post.
One of the biggest issues Maddow pointed out was how the conservative media has created an environment where fabricated news has suddenly become “fact” for millions of conservatives. She said, “The consequences are for all of us of a conservative movement that has now spent a full generation telling people, telling Americans not to trust the actual news and instead invent their own conservative version of it. And they did that. And this is where it got us.”
And it’s especially hypocritical for a site owned by Carlson to run a story such as this considering his 2007 comments where he hammered people criticizing Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for his prostitution scandal.
Carlson defended Vitter at the time, saying, “Let’s be real here. Have you been to a restaurant in New Orleans? One out of three women is for sale. I wish David Vitter were a Democrat. I wish he were Russ Feingold, because then I would defend him every bit as zealously as I’m defending not what David Vitter did, but his right to be unbothered by the rest of us by something that’s none of our business.”
Carlson’s website not only pushed a fake story, but he’s a massive hypocrite based on his defense of Vitter seven years ago.
And the kicker to all of this is that the idiocy of the right-wing media seems to be the culprit behind this fake story getting out. According to the Washington Post, Cuban intelligence officials were the ones who fabricated this story, and they relied on the conservative media running a garbage story such as this without checking into the facts after legitimate media organizations rejected it.
So not only did Carlson make himself look like a hypocrite for defending Vitter while bashing Menendez, but his website pushed a fake story that was possibly fabricated by Cuban intelligence officials relying on the ignorance of the conservative media.
Sadly, none of this will matter. Conservatives know it’s not about being factual with any of this stuff. All it’s about is giving their followers what they want. Because even though this story is complete garbage, there are still millions of conservatives who now believe it to be real.
And that’s all the conservative media really cares about. It’s not about facts, truth or being honest. It’s just about putting a story out there that preys on the ignorance of the millions of conservatives who blindly follow them.
Because at the end of the day, “truth” to the conservative media is whatever nonsense they can get their followers to believe.
Watch Maddow’s segment below via MSNBC: