Anatomy of a Wingnut Smear

Glenn Reynolds links to this dishonest post today: Weasel Zippers: Charles Johnson ‘Fairly Sure’ the Tennesee State Flag is a Neo-Nazi Logo…

In the post to which Reynolds links, “Weasel Zippers” took a screenshot of a comment I posted here at LGF, asking if a flag seen in a tea party video might be a neo-Nazi flag — but ignored the comments that followed minutes later in the same thread, in which I clearly concluded that the flag was a Tennessee flag.

This isn’t the first time “Weasel Zippers” has pulled this kind of dishonest trick, either.

These people are so crazy it boggles the mind — and they’re liars too. And notice how neither “Weasel Zippers” nor Glenn Reynolds actually linked to the thread where my comment appeared, because that would let people see for themselves the comments I posted.

I don’t expect Mr. Zippers to retract his lie because this is what he does, but I thought Glenn Reynolds used to care about the truth a little more than this. Will he correct the record?

No, I’m not holding my breath.

UPDATE at 3/31/10 9:42:25 am:

Reynolds updates.

Still no link to LGF, which I must admit is a clever tactic if you’re trying to hide something.

I see that Charles did eventually figure out that it was a Tennessee flag, not some sort of “neo-Nazi” emblem.

In this case, “eventually” is defined as about ten minutes later.

But, you know, seeing neo-Nazis behind every bush deserves a bit of mockery. The Tea Party movement is not a neo-Nazi front, however much some might wish to make it so.

Hmm. Is there any special reason why it might be reasonable to consider the possibility of a neo-Nazi flag at this particular rally? (The claim that I said “the Tea Party movement is a neo-Nazi front” is a ludicrous straw man argument, as I’m sure law professor Reynolds is well aware.)

Oh, that’s right — this just happened to be the demonstration at which tea partiers yelled the “N” word at Representatives Lewis and Emanuel, and spit at Rep. Emanuel. I guess Glenn Reynolds “forgot” that little bit of context.

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