This is awful. For at least three reasons.…
1. First there's the overwhelming potato/po-tah-to shrugging off of this dude's Q-Anazi fantasies as mere political disagreement, like it's just a dispute over marginal tax rates or regulatory-vs.-market-based approaches or some such. Yeah, no, he's an antisemite.
2. Michel Martin muffles any potential insight under a heavy slather of both-sides-ism. "Americans are, in fact, living in different realities." No. We all live in the same reality. That's what "reality" means.
3. More trivially and personally: I appreciate that the meaning of the word "slacktivist" has been inverted since it was first coined in the early '90s and that usage is as usage does. But still, Vice Principal Strickland was wrong and he was a prick, so why give him a win?
I just re-read it & it reminds me of the sit-com nightmare scene from "Natural Born Killers." Like there should be a voiceover: "She's a journalist. HE thinks she's part of the Soros-funded ZOG covering up Satanic pedophilia. [canned laughtrack] Follow their wacky hijinks ..."

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12 Jan
No, they're not this stupid. This is bad faith, not ignorance, not innocent deception. These people are lying & they know they're lying. Believing outrageous impossibilities is not a failure of intelligence or media literacy. It's a moral failure. What Bonhoeffer called "folly."
"Folly is a more dangerous enemy to the good than evil. One can protest against evil; it can be unmasked and, if need be, prevented by force. Evil always carries the seeds of its own destruction, as it makes people, at the least, uncomfortable. Against folly we have no defense."
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We don’t have to imagine. She’s telling us.
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"Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell? ..."
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People taught at church to believe that millions of their neighbors are Satanic baby-killers are susceptible to conspiracy theories that claim that millions of their neighbors are Satanic baby-killers.
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