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How Not to Argue with Reality

Facts are stubborn things.

The GOP game plan with facts seems to be to make some up, then repeat them so many times that people start to believe them. And usually the media lets them get away with it. But CNN’s Soledad O’Brien actually challenges these falsehoods! OMG, a real journalist?

But it is interesting to listen to how John Sununu responds to reality when faced with it — by calling names and repeating his talking points:



  1. Richard wrote:

    Sununu has always been like this, he’s embarrassing and grating. This piece seems like a setup for the entire campaign going forward and I’m already sick of it.

    Keep it up Soledad.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink
  2. ThatGuy wrote:

    Sununu makes a good argument that we in New Hampshire have some of the most ridiculously useless politicians.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    If only there were a couple hundred more journalists with a bit of chutzpah running around.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  4. Ongoing Headache wrote:

    Wow, like a breath of fresh air.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  5. rk wrote:

    She has a great “look” when he does something absurd. 🙂 This gives me new respect for CNN.

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  6. Jake wrote:

    This is an excellent example of the two different parties and the brains occupying their skulls. One is entirely incapable of dealing with cognitive dissonance. Their pride overwhelms any sense of reason. A page of disinformation that contains a familiar truth in the beginning paragraph, validates the rest as fact. Thereafter, any factually based argument made against said claim is simply written off as “liberal bias” or “socialist, commie, tyrannical, propoganda”. Is there any hope? Shame, shame…

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  7. westomoon wrote:

    I almost didn’t bother to view this, coz it sounded like same old, same old.

    But wow, Soledad O! I am a new-minted fan. I may actually have to look in on CNN from time to time, if they’re going to start dealing in facts again.

    This in the same league as hearing Keith Olbermann’s first Special Comment all those years ago — it’s amazing what a jolt it is when a TV talking head says sane things.

    But my favorite is her close — she does a spectacular job of making it clear that “John Sununu, always nice to have you” means “Eat shit and die, you demented old man-whore.”

    The wingnuts have this strange conviction that anything longer than a tweet cannot be read by a human. I did love him saying “I have the CBO report!” and her response, “Let me tell you what it says” — CLASSIC!

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink
  8. westomoon wrote:

    Oh dear, I can’t stop watching this! And every time, it makes me laugh more. I think my absolute favorite might be where Sununu responds to O’Brien’s recital of facts by yelling “Stop this!” It’s hilarious!

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink
  9. westomoon wrote:

    Sorry — I’m not usually the thousand-PS kind of person, but it’s late and I’m exhilarated by this clip.

    You know every wing nut in the world is going to be screaming to CNN about this — seems to me they should also hear from us pro-sanity folks too. Here’s where to send fan mail:

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink
  10. Nancy Serkes wrote:

    Soledad…Thank you for helping me feel that truth in Journalism is still VERY much alive!!! And thank you for not being afraid to put the TRUTH…and facts out there no matter what! THANK YOU!!

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

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