Saturday, August 9, 2008

Politics a la Conservapedia

For a fun time, go on over to Conservapedia and check out their articles on the two presumptive presidential candidates. Here's the lead paragraph of the article on John McCain:

John Sidney McCain III (born in the U.S. Panama Canal Zone, August 29, 1936), prominent Conservative statesman and Vietnam war hero, is the senior Senator of Arizona. He has been an influential fixture in American politics since 1986, when he began his political career in hard-fought campaigns against pork barrel spending and campaign finance reform. As a pilot for the United States Navy and former Prisoner-of-War (POW), he served in the military for 22 years, meriting several accolades from the Armed forces. McCain, a Baptist, has impressive credentials on issues of foreign policy and national security, which have propelled him in the forefront of national politics as both an outspoken voice for the United States military and as a Presidential contender for the Republican Party since 1993. McCain is currently the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 Election.

Okay, so the choice of words seems slightly embellished, but no big deal. However, check out the first paragraph of the article on Barack Obama:
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (allegedly born in Honolulu, August 4, 1961) is the presumptive 2008 nominee of the Democratic Party for president. Obama has served as a freshman Democratic Senator from Illinois for three and a half years. In 2007, Obama was the most liberal Senator. If elected, Obama would be the first Affirmative Action President.
ROFL. "allegedly born" "most liberal Senator of 2007" "first Affirmative Action president". The article is so obnoxious it's hilarious. But the craziness doesn't stop there; check out the rest of the Obama article for yourself for some nonstop ridicularity that includes the following gems:
Obama has declared himself to be a Christian, yet never replaced his Muslim name with a Christian one as many do, casting doubt on his politically self-serving claim. Obama downplays his Islamic background by claiming that his Kenyan Muslim father was a "confirmed atheist" before Obama was born, but in fact less than 1% of Kenyans are atheists, agnostics or non-religious.
Obama was on the faculty of the University of Chicago from 1992 to 2004. He claimed that he was a constitutional law professor, when in actuality he merely held the title of "Senior Lecturer."
He became a member of the liberal Harvard Law Review in 1989, which used racial quotas for membership


Pomoprophet said...

Joe is back!

You might find it enjoyable that someone I am very close to is considering getting his PhD at a university you happened to attend in a town I just happened to visit recently.

seithman said...

Welcome back! I was beginning to wonder if we needed to send a search and rescue team looking for you.

As for the Conservapedia articles, I can't say as I'm surprised. It's just more evidence that Conservapedia is run by people who think FreeRepublic postings and Limbaugh's talking points are nothing short of gospel truth.

TweetyJill said...

Joe is back. Yay!!!

Nothing much to say about the post except I think it is about time someone came up with a counter "liberalpedia."

Pomo, I am excited about that idea. The coolness factor in said town will face irreparable damage when Joe leaves and I am glad that there is the possibility of this being repaired.

Too bad I won't be here (fingers crossed).

Newscrazy said...

Fair, balanced and trustworthy, I would say!

To hearken back to a previous post of yours, I would use another fai- word to describe this "reference source:"