Rep. James Clyburn (D-Md.) in a radio interview Thursday morning accused “extreme right-wing" blogs of dabbling in Nazi-esque propaganda.
“You have manufactured controversies,” the third-ranking House Democrat said in response to Sirius XM POTUS host Michael Smerconish’s question about whether race relations have improved under President Barack Obama.
“You have people’s words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media and thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it because these things start getting reported in the mainstream media, and before you know it, people believe that stuff,” he added.
He warned that these “manufactured controversies” could have serious consequences.
“The people of Germany believed Hitler’s foolishness that led to the Holocaust. They believed that stuff. People will tend to believe what they hear through the media,” he said.
Many of these so-called "controversies," including the ones involving ACORN and USDA official Shirley Sherrod, originate from “extreme right-wing” bloggers who are not “media people," Clyburn said.
"Most of these people are not media people; they are bloggers, and they are bloggers for the extreme right-wing," he said. “People tend to act now and ask questions later."
And the so-called mainstream media apparently eats it up.
“The media has not been discerning enough, to say to people, ‘This ain’t news. This is foolishness,” Clyburn said.
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