Select quotes from Seinfeld, "The Opposite" episode:
George : Why did it all turn out like this for me? I had so much promise. I was personable, I was bright. Oh, maybe not academically speaking, but ... I was perceptive. I always know when someone's uncomfortable at a party. It became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I've ever made, in my entire life, has been wrong. My life is the opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have, in every of life, be it something to wear, something to eat ... It's all been wrong.
Jerry : If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.
George : My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.
Victoria : I'm Victoria. Hi.
I don't need your stinkin' graphs, your charts, your indexes, your GDPs, your unemployment rates, your inflation rates, your analysis or your opinion.
All I need to conclude that a recession is coming is to listen to my friendly neighborhood propaganda merchant, the conservative talk radio host. Across the board, these partisan mouthpieces continue to maintain that a recession is all but a Democratic electoral fantasy, ginned up by an insurgent liberal base in an election season eager to pile on the Mount Everest trash heap of Bushian failures.
Time and time again, these Republican fluffers have called it wrong, from Iraq to Iran and everything in between, every prognostication and assessment upended by reality. In the immortal words of John Bolton, "even a stopped clock is right twice a day". But these people don't even have that much and are on such a losing streak that it is NOT coincidence. Odds being odds, no one who is taking one side or the other could ever be wrong every time. And yet the deniers are always the last to accept things like global warming and the imminent economic slump. The reason for that is so obvious I shouldn't have to even say it - it damages their paymasters' political fortunes. And so they scream over and over that it's their "opinion" and they're entitled to it and you traitorous liberals can "put it in your pipe" and smoke it. I actually heard one of these hacks (some tool named Jerry Agar) cite the upcoming Super Bowl celebration as evidence that the economy is just fine, thanks.
This is simply strategy under cover of commentary and opinion. Whenever I hear this kind of baloney I wonder to myself why it is in this society that it's lower than low to sell your body off for money, but it's perfectly fine to sell your soul and what comes out of your mouth. They can mock the "Reality-Based Community" all they want, but in the end, Reality Bites Back.