How Did It Happen? How Did So Many Republicans End Up Believing Falsehoods About Obama?

First things first. 

Please look at  this Media Matters compilation of right-wing talking points over the past year about Barack Obama:

Media Matters Research:

A Harris poll released on March 24 found that a majority of Republican respondents believe that President Obama “is a socialist,” “wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns,” “is a Muslim,” “wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government,” and “has done many things that are unconstitutional.” The findings follow a year of such smears and attacks on Obama by conservatives.

According to the Harris poll, conducted of 2,320 adults between March 1 and March 8, a majority of Republicans believe Obama is a socialist (67 percent), wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (61 percent), is Muslim (57 percent), wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one-world government (51 percent), and that he has done many things that are unconstitutional (51 percent). Large minorities also believe Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for the presidency (45 percent), is a racist (42 percent), and is doing many things Adolf Hitler did (38 percent).

In the past two years, conservatives in the media have advanced many of these false claims, including that Obama is in fact a Muslim and not a Christian, wants to take away Americans’ guns, and was not born in the United States. They have also advanced numerous smears that Obama is a socialist, a racist, and has policies and beliefs similar to Hitler’s.

 For years now, I have often wondered how Fox News and Hate Radio get away with the vile hate and vitriol it spews, especially about Barack Obama.  What’s worse, as you can see from polling data, is that huge percentages of Republicans believe the lies that are spread about the POTUS.

Here are some of my posts on the subjects,  here, here and here.

Barack Obama is highly qualified to be President of The United States.  His predecessor was not one-third as qualified, yet revered by the same right-wing attack machine that now sets out to destroy Obama with lies.

How in heaven’s name can they constantly get away with this? 

Tomorrow I will post about the media and its role as wholly owned subsidiaries of big corporations.