Thursday, June 19, 2014

Spinning the Huppenthal anonymous web comments

The media spin machine is cranking away running [non]apologies from Hupp.

Quoting rom the Arizona Republic story:

• "Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV's (typical of "poor" families)." (Editor's note: Parentheses included in posting.)
Huppenthal said his posts are meant to correct "a lot of really bad ideas" on political blogs, not to insult. He said his reference to "lazy pigs" refers to a phrase in a nursery fable.
In "the Little Red Hen ... in which a fat lazy pig refuses to help the little red hen sow her seeds," he said. "I have never been insensitive to issues around poverty and have fought for public policy that provides opportunities for jobs for all our citizens who want to work and support for those who are vulnerable."

Sorry, but all that does not work.  The implication is that the "lazy pigs" do not want to work - a standard Ayn-Randian view of the poor as moochers and looters and unthinking brutes. No matter what the spin put on this by the Huppenthalians, his anonymous posts reveal lots about his rendition of the most ugly aspects of conservative thinking.

In the print edition this morning, the AZ Daily Star stripped the Republic report down to a much shorter piece.  Read the full report here.

The Scriber will get back to other topics tomorrow.

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