For yesterday's online edition of the New York Times, Timothy Egan wrote a blistering condemnation of those who believe and propagate blatant lies about President Obama:
It would be nice to dismiss the stupid things that Americans believe as harmless, the price of having such a large, messy democracy. . . . But false belief in weapons of mass-destruction led the United States to a trillion-dollar war. And trust in rising home value as a truism as reliable as a sunrise was a major contributor to the catastrophic collapse of the economy. At its worst extreme, a culture of misinformation can produce something like Iran, which is run by a Holocaust denier.