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Several low-rent far-left media outlets that mocked Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert for making a “bonkers” claim about exploding birds now have egg on their face.
Speaking on OANN, a network loathed by the far-left, Gohmert argued on Wednesday that the Green New Deal-based proposals in the exorbitant $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate this week pose a clear-cut danger to birds.
“Another part of that Green Deal is the huge solar farm that they out on the border of California and Nevada. Thousands of acres of concave mirrors that magnify the sun toward three towers, heat up the liquid in there and turn turbines, but they weren’t anticipating that there would be hundreds and thousands of what they would call ‘flamers,'” he said.
“Because when the birds fly through — if they survive the windmills — then they hit that magnified sun, explode in flames, and down they go, bird guts all over the mirrors. So, that takes some cleaning up,” he added.
Following his remarks, at least three media outlets — Raw Story, Crooks and Liars, and Uproxx (an urban website that tilts heavily to the left politically) — rushed to mock the congressman and licensed attorney for sharing what they claimed was a “conspiracy theory.”
“Gohmert’s bird rant is yet another recent example of the congressman’s penchant for latching onto any conspiracy theory or right wing talking point under the sun,” Uproxx wrote.
Crooks and Liars, a radically far-left site that — to its credit — is accurately eponymously named, took it further by outright accusing Gohmert of making it up.
“Listen, people. Birds who have Windmill Cancer are already vulnerable to spontaneous combustion under normal circumstances. Everyone knows that, because I made it up there when I typed it just then,” the site wrote.
“And birds who survive all the treatments for Windmill Cancer shouldn’t be flying from California to Nevada anyhow, because they’re just taking unnecessary chances with their nine lives,” it added.
The site’s relatively few viewers ate it up:
Similarly, the relatively few readers of all three sites rushed to Twitter to mock the congressman directly.
@replouiegohmert EXPLODING BIRDS. yes, exploding birds. this is one dumb dude.
— Bart (@BartBolognaDog1) August 13, 2021
Just when we thought you couldn’t be an stupider – exploding birds 🤣
— TXbuilt94 (@xbuilt94) August 13, 2021
@replouiegohmert Birds exploding in mid air? You have to be one of the stupidest persons I have ever come across.
— Tom Kirkman 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@TomKirkman1) August 13, 2021
Exploding birds!? Some members of our government Really need to RESIGN!!
— OldVWs (@old_ws) August 13, 2021
Hey, Louie- show me a picture of those exploding birds you claim to exist 😂
— lauren silay (@lrnsigh) August 13, 2021
Where the hell do you sad people come up with this nonsense ? Exploding birds ? Did you not go to school when you were still capable of rational thought ? pic.twitter.com/cA6Sajy8f5
— lennie seaman (@lennieseaman) August 12, 2021
The problem is that what Gohmert said was 100 percent accurate.
In 2016, ScienceAlert warned that just one solar farm in California was by its lone self “accidentally killing up to 6,000 birds every year, with staff reporting that the birds keep flying into its concentrated beams of sunlight, and spontaneously bursting into flames.”
“The problem has been going on since the site opened in 2014, and the team says it’s trying everything to save the birds from a fiery fate. But so far, the perfect solution has eluded them,” the news site reported.
Learn more about this phenomenon below:
So why did members of the far-left just automatically assume what Gohmert had said was false? Because they’ve fallen for the “Fox News fallacy.”
According to left-wing political commentator Ruy Teixeira, this fallacy occurs when members of the left reflexively dismiss anything said by the right as a lie.
And so if the right complains about CRT, they’re lying. If the right complains about the border, they’re lying. If the right complains about exploding birds, they’re lying.
As one example, he cited the current crime wave that Democrats keep claiming isn’t really happening.
“Initially dismissed as simply an artifact of the Covid shutdown that was being vastly exaggerated by Fox News and the like for their nefarious purposes, it is now apparent that the spike in violent crime is quite real and that voters are very, very concerned about it,” he wrote earlier this month for Substack.
“According to recent data from the Democratic-oriented Navigator Research, more Americans overall, including among independents and Hispanics, now believe violent crime is a ‘major crisis’ than believe that about the coronavirus pandemic or any other area of concern,” he added.
When members of the left embrace the “Fox News fallacy” as they did with Gohmert’s correct observation, they risk nothing more than public humiliation and shame.
But when they embrace it surrounding wider, more pertinent issues like crime — not to mention illegal migration, CRT propaganda, etc. — they risk facing real political harm.
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