Emails from Wingnuttia
By David Sirota
November 26, 2008 - 12:17am ET
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Thought I would share this email from Wingnuttia that I received after debating Grover Norquist today on CNBC. I get lots of hate mail like this, and it is instructive:
Subject: CNBC Performance
David- I had never heard of you until today when I saw you on CNBC. I initially thought it was a joke after hearing some of your absurd comments about basic economics, but it became painfully clear that you were actually trying to be serious.
It was then that I started researching who you are and what was your background. I learned that you are nothing more than a democrat operative. First and foremost you have a journalism and political background vs. an economic one. Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders pretty much says it all. All this combined to make your accusation of Grover Norquist being political more than ironic.
I have a group of 10-12 peers that own businesses and have formal finance backgrounds. For comic relief, we e-mail clips such as yours today on CNBC to each other. I have to tell you that your performance today drew the greatest amount of laughter in several months. Your lack of comprehension of the marginal tax rate and our economic history during the 20th century was priceless.
Going forward, I would strongly encourage you to stay away from venues such as CNBC. The audience is comprised largely of economic producers as opposed to uninformed populists. I can't imagine that exposing yourself to this sector of viewer is productive for your career. I would strongly encourage you to stick with The Huffington Post, CNN and The Colbert Report.
Best of luck.
I say this note is instructive because, as you see, there's not a single shred of fact in here. Indeed, there's not even a hint at an attempt to make a substantive argument. It's just, "I'm a rich guy and me and my rich friends laughed at you because we think you are stupid."
That's really the motto of Wingnuttia these days - and then somehow, these people wonder why the American public has thrown conservatives out of office.
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