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You Are Naive, Grasshopper

You are naive, Grasshopper. Brendan Nyhan writes:

Brendan Nyhan: Reality triumphs in Iraq debate: The Washington Post notes a sad victory for the reality-based community (via Josh Marshall):

Republican lawmakers acknowledge that it is no longer tenable to say the news media are ignoring the good news in Iraq and painting an unfair picture of the war. In the first half of this year, 4,338 Iraqi civilians died violent deaths, according to a new report by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq. Last month alone, 3,149 civilians were killed -- an average of more than 100 a day.

"It's like after Katrina, when the secretary of homeland security was saying all those people weren't really stranded when we were all watching it on TV," said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.). "I still hear about that. We can't look like we won't face reality."

Despite my concern about the effectiveness of manipulative PR, facts should still prevail in the long run.

You were not listening to Representative McHenry, Grasshopper. He did not say, "We must face reality." He said, "We can't look like we won't face reality." You are naive, Grasshopper. You need further training before you face the cruel world.