Show biz lore holds that you have to be really smart to play the dumb blond, and that Jayne Mansfield and Judy Holliday actually had Mensa-level I.Qs.
So maybe Media Matters is now lifting tactics from The Girl Can’t Help It instead of Rules for Radicals. But is “playing dumb” really the, er, smartest strategy a well-funded, organization staffed with educated people can come up with?
Conservative media figures have attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s (D-NV) remarks linking slavery to Republican opposition to health care reform legislation, but have routinely attacked progressives and the Obama administration for creating “slavery” and enslaving the public.
In other words, Media Matters is pretending not to know the difference between “slavery: the shameful episode in American history that ended in the 19th century” and “slavery: the metaphor/analogy for involuntary servitude that’s as old as the Bible.”
Along with Harry Reid, Media Matters is also pretending not to know that it was the Republican Party that battled to end slavery, while Reid’s Democrats fought to retain it.
And it’s pretty rich watching Harry Reid, of all people, play the race card. Earlier this year,
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had spoken with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) â€“ prior to his indictment in December â€“ and recommended that he not appoint Jackson, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) or Illinois State Senator Emil Jones (D) to fill Barack Obamaâ€™s Senate seat, because Reid apparently did not think either man was electable and feared losing the seat to a Republican.
One loyal Democratic Party supporter saw it this way:
Reid wants to hold that seat in 2010 and does not believe a black Senator will hold it. Based purely on the color of that Senatorâ€™s skin.
Strong stuff. No wonder Media Matters prefers playing dumb — and hopes its readers really are as stupid as they’re just pretending to be.