‘This is the world that Fox News has created’

‘THIS IS THE WORLD THAT FOX NEWS HAS CREATED’…. If you missed “The Rachel Maddow Show” reporting from Alaska last night, the episode was chock full of interesting content. There was one fairly brief segment, however, that stood out for me.

Rachel chatted with some Joe Miller supporters campaigning on a street corner, but before she could walk away, the activists wanted to emphasize that they resent Sen. Lisa Murkowski for being one of 19 Republicans to vote to confirm Eric Holder as the U.S. Attorney General. Rachel asked why that was a bad thing. That’s when it got amusing.

One young man insisted that Holder is “the most anti-gun attorney general this nation has ever had.” When Rachel asked how he arrived at this, he had absolutely no idea why he believes what he believes. He referenced Holder’s “voting record beforehand,” which made no sense, since Holder has never held elected office. Asked what it was, exactly, that Holder did on gun policy he didn’t like, the Miller supporter — who, remember, feels so strongly about this issue that he brought it up — replied, “I, uh, I honestly, uh, I don’t know enough about him to answer that truthfully.”

So, Rachel moved to the next voter who’s mad about Holder, and who also brought up the subject. “He’s anti-gun,” the woman said. Asked what he’d done that’s anti-gun, the Miller support replied, “I don’t have all the facts, but I know that he is.”

Paul Waldman noted, “Keep in mind that these are folks who are so mad about this particular issue, and so fervent in their defense of their Second Amendment rights, that they’re out on a corner talking to people about it.”

In the same segment, a third Miller supporter insisted Holder was bad because of “the voter intimidation with the Black Panthers.”

That voter later argued that members of the New Black Panther Party — which the Bush administration saw as too meaningless to pursue — aren’t being prosecuted because they’re black. This is one of the reasons she’s voting for Joe Miller.

“This is the world that Fox News has created,” Rachel concluded.

Ignorance spreads like a cancer, and right about now, it’s making our body politic pretty sick.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.