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The 10 Most Ridiculous Right-Wing Outrages of 2011

The right seems to offer up a new trumped-up pseudo-scandal every week. Here are ten of our favorites from the year past.

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But don't laugh. This is actually tragic stuff. Gretchen Carlson is terrified that, with the way things are going on the Christmas War front, soon she won't even be able to display a nativity scene in her own home.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is some serious liberal fascism.

6. Movie Reviewers Have a Liberal Bias

Because they are always the victims of some dastardly plot, the brethren have a hard time accepting that American movie-goers don't necessarily have the ideological zeal required to shell out $12 for an unwatchably crappy film.

In April, when the much-anticipated (by wingnuts, anyway)  Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 opened to dismal reviews, conservatives saw another liberal conspiracy afoot. Never mind that it was panned by several conservative reviewers who love Ayn Rand but thought the film was a stinker.

Roy Edroso captured some  low-lights of the ensuing nontroversy as seen from the right-wing blogosphere:

"The reviews that I'd read by the so-called professionals who review movies, panned it," said Diary of a Mad Conservative. "The dialog was contrived, they said... Yadda yadda yadda: elite critiques from the nose in the air 'professionals'... They don't live in the same world that I do so they have no basis to make judgements for me."

"It's about INDIVIDUALS working for their own best interest. It's about government getting its foot OFF the neck of the producers." And you know if there's anything film critics hate it's producers -- look how they treated Darryl Zanuck!

"My movie-going friends all know that stellar critical reviews are the kiss of death," said Fox News. "If you see a movie with great critical reviews, it might still be worth watching, but best to read the reviews by bloggers, because they are a bit more trustworthy."  

Then, when Undefeated, the excruciatingly dull Sarah Palin biopic sporting a zero rating on Rotten Tomatoes opened in theaters, Fox Nation reported, “Palin Film Opens Strong, Theaters Packed.” Only problem: the film averaged about 60 people per screen in its opening weekend. When the  Atlantic's Conor Freidersdorf (a libertarian, by the way) reported attending a midnight showing with nobody in the audience, this quickly became evidence of a conspiracy, with leading right-wing bloggers wondering whether the August Atlantic Monthly had staged the empty screening in order to report on it and take down the political juggernaut that is Sarah Palin.

7. Zombie ACORN Lives (And It's Running Occupy Wall Street) 

Matthew Vadum, author of Subversion, Inc.: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, can't seem to accept a great conservative victory. Years after the right, using some wildly dishonest selective editing, destroyed ACORN, Vadum insists that the community group is still alive and well and draining federal funds.

But leave it to Fox to combine ACORN-phobia with its endless attempts to smear the Occupy Wall Street movement. In a series of “reports,” Fox's Jana Winter, relying on unnamed “inside sources,” insisted that ACORN – which she claimed has been reincarnated as New York Communities for Change (NYCC) -- had been behind the whole thing from the start.

She detailed how they'd planned it out for months before the first occupation began and shredded documents to cover up their role. The interesting thing, NYCC organizers say, is that while there is often some kernel of truth behind such myths, in this case the whole story was completely false, from beginning to end.

But that didn't prevent Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., from calling for a congressional investigation.

 
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