Al Gore, Climate Change.
Mallard's Right-Wing Calculus:
- Outrageous, damnable behavior which calls into question the very position of the person who made the claim (but is in no way just an empty-headed ad hominem attack): Former Vice President Gore makes a statement which is, at worst a fairly honest mistake. And even if it were an outright lie, does nothing to alter the mass of scientific evidence that climate change is man-made.
- Fearless truth-telling: Sarah Palin manufactures the Lie of the Year, which is demagogued relentlessly by Republicans and their propaganda network, in a crass effort to manufacture outrage and anger and rile people up to protest against their own self-interest.