Right-wingers play Ideological Telephone. It's a very different game: Instead of changing the message inadvertently, they do it deliberately. The fun for them is increasing the level of hate in America, as fellow right-wingers become enraged at what they now think someone they don't like has said.
Righties playing it now. Here's something President Obama said today during an appearance at the White House with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe:
Pres Obama says people have to commit to solving problems of police and communities, and not just when a CVS burns or a young man is shot.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 28, 2015
I don't have the exact wording. It's being reported several different ways. Here are a couple of other reports:
"There can be change as long as we pay attention to these communities not just when a CVS burns or a young man is shot..."-Obama #Baltimore— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) April 28, 2015
Pretty strong stuff from Pres Obama "We can't just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns or a young man has his spine snapped"— Aleem Maqbool (@AleemMaqbool) April 28, 2015
You get the message.
[UPDATE: Here's what he said, via NBC:
"If we really want to solve the problem, we could. It would require everybody to say this is important, this is significant and that we just don't pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, when a young man is shot or when his spine is snapped."]Now, how is it being reported over on the right? Here's Fox's Todd Starnes:
Obama speaks derisively about the CVS that burned. Well, that CVS employed people, sir. #disgusting— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 28, 2015
And here's a random right-winger:
The president did not "speak derisively" about the CVS -- unless you also think he "spoke derisively" about Freddie Gray when he said that we shouldn't pay attention to black communities only when one of their residents is killed the way Gray was killed.
Todd? SNITFIT? Do you think the president went out of his way to speak derisively of Freddie Gray?
The right wants us to be at one another's throats in a left-right war. There's enough tension in American society as it is (as if that isn't obvious at this moment) -- but when there's a fire, out comes the right with gasoline cans.
And somehow, safe in exurbia, none of these right-wingers are ever burned.