So in an “open letter,” Ely grilled up a nothingburger, accusing Hendricks of writing a “crazy rant about the Democrats being like Nazis.”
It never happened, of course.
What Hendricks actually did was note his opponent’s huge fundraising advantage, and thus her ability to “mail a persuasion piece to every likely voter in the district TEN times.” He then paraphrased “what Hitler famously said: If you tell a lie loud enough and long enough, people will believe it. I figured a quote from Hitler was fitting since this is exactly the technique used today by the Far Left Radical groups.”
Tough talk, but that’s to be expected in a tough campaign. Coming in to the KIVA to tell his side of the story, Hendricks defended his words by citing the deep-pocketed liberal entities that are showering a “deluge of cash” on his opponent in the fight for House District 20. That’s not the narrative Ely, eager to play “anti-Semitic” card, wants to project. But it’s the truth.
The mainstream media frequently struggle with the truth, too. Such was the case in the Albuquerque Journal’s coverage of a 2019 suicide at the Duke City police department’s Foothill Substation. The man who killed himself “had behavioral health issues and was in jail or prison for about 75% of his adult life,” but readers didn’t learn that until the 26th paragraph of the article. Santa Fe’s newspaper committed a similar flub, in a story about the filing of “nearly three dozen criminal complaints in Magistrate Court one day last week, many with months-old charges,” which drew “criticism from prosecutors, public defenders and a Santa Fe County judge who said the delays raise public safety concerns and could cause problems with prosecution.” Readers who stuck around for the penultimate paragraph discovered that “there were only four employees in the department’s records unit — down from five — and those employees were only allowed to work four hours per week from May 6 through June 30, due to furloughs.”
Americans were told that if they complied with the heavy-handed — and as one federal judge put it, “presumptively unconstitutional” — dictates said to “protect” us from COVID-19, all would be well. That’s another narrative proving to be factually flawed. USA TODAY reports that “Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming” are each setting records for coronavirus spikes, and in all, “39 states reported more … cases in the last week than they had in the week before.” Dallas, Boston, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Brussels, Germany, Scotland — the data indicate that masks and hand sanitizer and “social distancing” cannot halt the spread of a disease that is highly contagious. “The Rona” is unstoppable, and it’s long past time for a national conversation that exposes “the lockdown agenda as cruel pseudoscience that has had a devastating economic, medical, social, and cultural impact on everyone but especially the poor and struggling.”
“Reality,” novelist Philip K. Dick wrote, “is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”