I subscribe to Newsmax.com lest I miss blather from the “full moon Right.” Today, the news service summarized more mendacity from Rush Limbaugh: http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Limbaugh-Loughner-Giffords-Tucson/2011/01/11/id/382543?s=al&promo_code=B727-1
“Accused Arizona shooter Jared Loughner is seen smiling in a widely distributed photo of the head-shaven 22-year-old because ‘he knows he has the full support of a major political party in this country,’ says top-ranked talker Rush Limbaugh.
“Speaking to his radio audience on Tuesday, Limbaugh said about Loughner: ‘He knows what’s going on. He knows that the Democrat Party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame.’
” ‘He knows if he plays his cards right, he’s just a victim. He’s the latest in a never-ending parade of victims brought about by the unfairness of America.’ ”
“Limbaugh also said in an audio provided by The Huffington Post that Loughner ‘understands he’s got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he’s not convicted of murder — but something lesser.’ ”
I could list Democrats who have behaved in ways very different from Mr. Limbaugh’s stereotypic talking point. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for example, likened Loughner to al Qaeda. I do not bother to list the exceptions that would deluge Mr. Limbaugh’s generalization because no sane skeptic could credit Mr. Limbaugh’s calumnies about Democrats or liberals.
Rather, I draw attention in this post to Mr. Limbaugh’s reading of Loughner’s mind. Mr. Limbaugh pretends to know what Mr. Limbaugh cannot know. This easy pretense to knowledge is a classic tactic of deception.
Many Democrats have said that Loughner is deranged. Many Republicans have said that Loughner is deranged. Yet Mr. Limbaugh purports to know what Loughner knows.
How would Mr. Limbaugh know the mind of a sociopath or psychopath?