erik lundegaard

New Yorker Magazine Paints Ted Nugent as Funny and Unfiltered

Here's what Ted Nugent said at an NRA convention last week:

If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.

Here's what Reeves Wiedeman writes on the New Yorker site today:

This second-act version of Ted Nugent may seem manic, but on inspection it’s clearly more rehearsed. I doubt anything Nugent said to me was something he had never said before. His answers are so print-ready (and, let’s be honest, often pretty funny), that it seems unlikely he’s freestyling. I suspect Nugent’s comments this weekend were not off the cuff, but meant squarely for the audience he was addressing. Whether this is simply ignorant and depressing, or actually dangerous, depends on your view of the power of rhetoric. (If the President can’t convince people of something, can Ted Nugent?)

Not only is Nugent's comment dumb and dangeorous, so is New Yorker's commentary. Obama is trying to convince a majority, or a supermajority, of people. Ted Nugent needs to convince only one.


Posted at 12:10 PM on Wed. Apr 18, 2012 in category Politics  
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