Ordinary Gentleman E.D. addressed a recent call for boycotts of arch-conservative website World Net Daily and other mouthpieces of crazy like Glenn Beck. The latter recently delved deep into illiterate cryptography, attempting to spell “oligarchy” without at “c” or a “y,” while World Net Daily is its own special case. Joseph Farah, the contradictory founder of WND, welcomed the boycott with a fatalism only a true believer can muster. These gentlemen have become a problem for the GOP and other conservatives seeking to save the cause before it is lost forever to voices of intolerance and ignorance.
I have to say that I read WND before it was highlighted for popularizing the “Nazi-style” camps the Obama administration is supposedly preparing. It’s a fun website. No other website is duplicitous enough to verify Obama’s birth certificate as real and then turn around and start taking people’s money for a billboard campaign demanding to see a birth certificate. You have to admire the sheer cynicism, apathy, or stupidity of a site that so willingly to disregard the truth at every turn.
I suspect all of this is done out of a shrewd quest for cash, though. WND often offers to send letters to Congressmen for “donations,” yet is not a tax-exempt organization. Then the site’s writers pen “stories” about how well such packages are selling to promote them. The advertisements they run are absurd and reveal the gullibility of their readers (as do most on the Drudge Report), shouting about colon cleanses, survival gardens, and exercise belts.
At the danger of the likes of Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and WND going too far, what would the intellectual right have to lose by just ignoring them? Boycotts are silly, and they eliminate one’s indulgence in pure crazy. Certainly it is frightening to think people believe the lies, but arming oneself against them through study a powerful defense.
-Michael E. van Landingham