Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rush Limbaugh Goes Full-On Conspiracy

Look, I know I shouldn't let fluff like this get to me, but I find it disturbing that when NASA finds liquid water on Mars, Rush Limbaugh dismisses it as a liberal ploy to hype global warming.  And more disturbing that his dismissal of liquid water on Mars is his dismissal of anything that comes out of NASA:
I said 'look at the temperature data, that has been reported by NASA, has been made up, it's fraudulent for however many years, there isn't any warming, there hasn't been for 18.5 years. And yet, they're lying about it. They're just making up the amount of ice in the North and South Poles, they're making up the temperatures, they're lying and making up false charts and so forth. So what's to stop them from making up something that happened on Mars that will help advance their left-wing agenda on this planet?
So, if NASA comes up with evidence of rising temperatures, he simply dismisses it as fraudulent.  If NASA comes up with evidence of loss of polar ice caps, that is fraudulent, too.  So why believe them if they say they have found liquid water on Mars?  They have been corrupted (i.e., subverted from pure science to a political agenda) by the Obama Administration.  Not made clear:  Whether all the data from the last 18.5 years is equally corrupt, or only the data since Obama became President.

What this amounts to saying is that no amount of evidence will convince Limbaugh because he simply sees all data he doesn't like as a fraud by Obama.  (What he will do if a Republican wins next year and the unfavorable data keeps coming in is not clear).  Look, I know psychologists have been pointing out for some time that facts are irrelevant to convincing people, but I rarely hear it stated quit so directly.  And if you disbelieve everything from evidence of melting polar icecaps to evidence of water on Mars, you are essentially in a parallel reality with its own set of facts.  And this is not from some fringe conspiracy site, but from a (regrettably) mainstream figure with considerable influence on the Republican Party.

But I suppose I should look on the bright side.  Rush is looking a little defensive over this one.

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