David Shuster, guest-hosting for Keith Olbermann on "Countdown" last night, invited Boston Globe Magazine writer Charles Pierce on the program to discuss what, if any, political utility there is in Liz Cheney refusing to disown the conspiracy theory movement known as the Obama 'Birthers.'
The segment was quickly turned around, however, when Pierce started blaming the mainstream media for pumping up Ms. Cheney and giving the Obama 'Birthers' a forum in which to seriously discuss their conspiracy theory.
Referencing Chuck Todd's statement earlier on Hardball that the internet is the medium through these, Pierce argued that the political utility of advancing these kinds arguments is not that the internet will help to disseminate them, but that the mainstream media will pick up and debate them as if they were serious issues.
Shuster tried to steer the conversation back towards Liz Cheney and what strategic benefit she saw in not disowning the 'Birther' movement, but Pierce refused to let go:
Schuster: If liz cheney or anybody else is unwilling to acknowledge the facts in something as clear-cut as President Obama's birth, why should Liz Cheney be trusted on anything else she that she wants to talk about?
Pierce: I don't know. I'm not the one who books her. I mean, it's the folks on shows like this that book her... I don't know that she's a leader of any kind. What I would tell you is she's a prominent Republican because she's been made a prominent Republican on TV.
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