“There’s a sucker born every minute!” P.T. Barnum would have made a mint if he were alive these days with so many suckers standing around holding big signs reading, “I’m Gullible!” The number of suckers Andrew Breitbart attracted on Monday with his edited loop of Shirley Sherrod was amazingly large. The wave of duped folks traveled from one end of the political spectrum to the other.
Today, many of them hang their heads in shame that they went along with the ruse. There are, sadly, still others who will continue to believe the distortion because it fits their mind set and their agenda. The University of Michigan study I posted some days ago confirms this sad fact.
Breitbart’s yellow journalism fits hand in glove with the Tea Party movement to which he is often invited speak. I note sadly that Michelle Bachman has formally invited the Tea Party to caucus within the Republican Party. So much for your grandfather’s GOP.
Why is it that gullibility seems to be on the increase these days? I suppose that there have been, as Barnum pointed out some 100 years ago, suckers everywhere to be tapped and drained. Yet these days, the sucker-pool has grown large with the fast and pervasive communication system available in America today. Just look how quickly that edited Breitbart clip ran across America on Monday, tripping up the White House, the NAACP, FoxNews and the gullible audience.
It is quite apparent that the conversation about race in America has not at all been thoroughly discussed and vetted. The ignition of incendiary rhetoric that this story created ought to be a warning to our society that the race issue is smoldering like an unattended camp fire in a tinderbox forest.