“We’ve tried the “ignore the liars and they’ll go away” thing and it’s failed. Time and time again, people on the left try to ignore some right wing nuttery in hopes that it just disappears from lack of oxygen, and it sneaks up to bite us in the ass. An unwillingness to fight back hard is why ACORN was dissolved. It’s probably why John Kerry was swiftboated out of winning in 2004. It’s how Terri Schiavo suddenly became a national story. It’s why health care reform turned into such a clusterfuck, and why the Democrats are acquiescing on budget-cutting instead of demanding more stimulus. Acting like we’re too good to even acknowledge people screeching about death panels and conspiracy theories involving John Kerry’s war wounds has proven a failed strategy.
Punching back and setting the record straight, on the other hand, has shown promising signs of working. Case in point: It saved Planned Parenthood’s ass. As soon as Lila Rose started going on TV and telling straight up lies about Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood put forward an aggressive defense. Every lie floated about them was smacked down with haste. The result was that when Republicans tried to defund Planned Parenthood, Democrats were able to stand firm and feel supported.”