Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bill Maher on the Republican anti-reality bubble

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It’s always so amusing, often in a schadenfreude sort of way, how so many believe they can expect any real level of privacy in this age and almost invariably end up the victim of public shame and ridicule when they do something stupid or dishonest and then find themselves the center of attention over at YouTube or the blogosphere (amongst many other places). Face it: this day, privacy in public is fast going of the way it went in Minority Report, so anyone who truly expects that they can lie, distort and bullshit without it being thrown back in their face, plus plenty of interest, is either naive or a moron. Watch here as Bill Maher hammers this point in quite well:

The full transcript, below:

MAHER: […] Jesus once said that there was nothing hidden that would not some day be revealed, but if he was alive today and walked on water, it would instantly be on YouTube between a skateboard accident and a turtle biting a baby’s ass. And the first comment would be “fag”. Even when you’re just at Wal-Mart in your pajamas buying condoms, someone is taking a picture of it and putting it on a website called People at Wal-Mart Buying Condoms in Their Pajamas. And Fergie, Fergie, Fergie – whenever you’re doing something shady in a hotel room, of course someone is filming it. Also be aware that, without makeup, you don’t look anything like you do in the Black Eyed Peas.

And politically, it’s even more ridiculous to think you can get away with a lie. Richard Blumenthal, running for the Senate, saying he was in Vietnam when he wasn’t? This isn’t camp, where you can tell a lie and no-one will know back home. The Army keeps records! Or John McCain saying ‘I never considered myself a maverick’, which, of course, prompted an avalanche of video, emails, letters, and probably telegrams, of McCain bragging that he was a maverick. There’s video of everything, so to think you can get away with making a speech and just pulling stuff out of your ass, you’d have to be an egomaniac, a sociopath, or a world-class moron. Which brings me to Sarah Palin.

Last week, Sarah said she knows what the Gulf states are going through because, quote, ‘I lived and worked through that Exxon Valdez oil spill’. Oh, please – she was 25, living in another part of the state that didn’t see any oil. She “lived and worked through Exxon Valdez” the same way Christie Brinkley lived and worked through the Iranian hostage crisis. But she got away with it because she lied in the one place where it’s still perfectly acceptable to lie: inside the Republican bubble. It’s where facts don’t matter, because no-one ever hears from that other side, inconveniently called “reality”. 24 days into the oil spill, Fox News’ Brit Hume said, ‘Where’s the oil? You don’t see it on the shore.’ Like it’s a hoax by pelicans to get free baths.

Within that bubble, people think they can get away with anything – hiking the Appalachian trail? Getting your gay hooker from Rentboy.com? But they can’t; no-one can anymore. If you don’t believe me, text Tiger Woods and ask him.

And, speaking of hound dogs – just to show it’s not all Republicans – our old friend John Edwards is looking for a plea deal this month, because he said he didn’t have sex with that woman – and then they found video of him going down on her when she was six months pregnant. Senator, there’s got to be a simpler way to hide your face from the camera. Don’t you have a hat?

(via @todayspolitics)