We left off with a discussion of the Strib having called out Scott Nienow for fiscal hypocrisy. The verdict here: The Strib is right, Nienow is a hypocrite.
I alluded at the time, this form of news story where the article details the Republican’s monetary travails, then in an ironic buried lede identifies him as a ‘fiscal conservative’, is a news reporter favorite. They are their own form, and would be a rich topic to chronicle here as they occur.
True enough, and mere days later we can do our latest installment.
Today Aaron Rupar at the City Pages is piqued that Stewart Mills calls Cash for Clunkers “another failed example of Washington, D.C., trying to legislate the free market.”
Rupar is keen to point out that Mills has a business selling cars, and that this business sold cars with Cash for Clunker incentives when that program was in effect. Ergo, thereby, ipso facto, Mills is a hypocrite for conducting business under Cash For Clunkers and then criticizing it later.
This is City Pages, mind you: a clickbait gambit, whereby low paid, cultural lefty writers of insignificant professional accomplishment speak to a low information crowd. But even with that understanding, this stuff is noteworthy for its insipidness.
The big problem with Rupar’s premise is that Mill’s evaluation of Cash for Clunkers is not in conflict with … anything. Mils having participated in the program as a car retailer and then saying it failed DOES NOT EQUAL HYPOCRISY. Rupar would do well to bone up on what elements must be present for hypocrisy to exist.
The second existential problem with Rupar’s premise is …. Mills isn’t guilt of blatant lying, gross overstatement, or even mere playing to ambiguity. Cash for Clunkers failed, and it was a failed example of Washington DC trying to legislate the free market. Both these things are true, and not in much dispute anywhere. Mills is right.
As I noted, the quality of the venue – City Pages – in many ways speaks for itself and the content therein. Still… this is a weak, pathetic piece. Rupar has to use several quotes by people other than Mills to create the context in which he can assert Mill’s hypocrisy. Some of these are the mundane asserted as malevolent. You know, dog whistles. But in at least one quote, the sales manager, Rupar ellipses the source material severe enough to dramatically misconstrue its original meaning.
I’m fully prepared to be illuminated that Republicans can be fiscal hypocrites. This isn’t an example.