7/12/12

Todd Starnes - the 'new' Glen Beck?

Todd Starnes is 'commentator' or somesuch over on FoxNews. Starnes appears to be a rising star among the intellectually deprived of the 'Christian' right. His stuff is so misleading he makes Glen Beck or Keith Olberman (yeah, I know Olberman's a far left foamer but he has much in common with Beck, just at the other end of the spectrum) look like paragons of truthful virtue. Or virtuous truthfulness? Something like that ...

For example, there's his piece on the poor downtrodden and 'prosecuted' pastor, who was jailed by Satan's minions in the Phoenix city government, simply for holding 'bible studies' in the privacy of his own home:

Homeowner jailed for hosting bible studies

It's not true, of course, as the most casual research on Google will show.

More recently, there is Starnes' 'Invasion USA' thing:

The Invasion of America

wherein Starnes really goes off the deep end in his distortion and obfuscation of facts ... neither of which is considered a hindrance of reasoning to his faithful readers.

In that article, Starnes opens with:

IN EIGHTEEN FORTY SIX, TWO THOUSAND MEXICAN SOLDIERS INVADED AMERICAN TERRITORY AND KILLED AMERICAN TROOPS.THE ATTACK CAME TO BE KNOWN AS THE THORNTON AFFAIR – AND LED TO THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR.

Starnes takes his ability to twist facts to new heights with this one. The Nueces Strip - which is what he is referring to as "American territory", was hardly US territory at the time of this 'invasion', the 'treaties' of Velasco not withstanding.

No less a personage than Congressman Abraham Lincoln disagrees with Starnes. In his letter to the Reverend  Peck, in May of 1848,  Mr. Lincoln takes Peck to task for a rabble-rousing speech earlier presented by Peck, and the lack of facts and the incorrect statements contained within. Here is an interesting excerpt from Lincoln's letter to Peck: "It is a fact, that the United States Army, in marching to the Rio Grande, marched into a peaceful Mexican settlement and frightened the inhabitants away from their homes and their growing crops." Lincoln goes on to list more facts ignored or obfuscated by Peck (sounds like Peck and Starnes are birds of a feather, hey wot?) that strongly support the position that the US was the aggressor and the invader in precipitating not only the Thornton Incident but also the war.

After calling to question the obfuscatory Reverend Peck's position and listing facts that show Peck to be either ignorant or deliberately misleading, Mr. Lincoln then challenges Peck: "If you admit that they are facts, then I shall be obliged for a reference to any law of language, law of states, law of nations, law of morals, law of religion - any law or (can't read Lincoln's handwriting for that word)- in which an authority can be found for saying those facts constitute "no aggressions."

I don't think Starnes expects his readers to do any research on his claims. Given the histrionics pitched by what appears to be a majority of his readers, I'd say his expectations are well-founded.

Talk about lemmings being led over the cliff ...