Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

Pentagon attack

It’s good that Georgia elected Rep. Greene to Congress. The GOP needed some more wackos to balance Rep. Octavio-Cortez and her friends.

Greene, you will recall, is the one who has already filed impeachment charges against President Biden, which is ridiculous. She’s also apparently a believer of the QAnon conspiracy theories, which puts her about on par intellectually with Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson, who believes that Guam is in danger of tipping over. Slimy progressive smear factory Media Matters for America uncovered old Facebook posts from Greene apparently endorsing the theory that the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings were “false flags,” which doesn’t even make sense. If the kids were shot, they were shot. It doesn’t matter why they were shot, even if they were murdered by gun control activists….a conspiracy theory that nobody sane would allow to sit in their head for more than a second lest it cause their brains to melt out of their ears.

Greene’s response to the Media Matters hit job was as incompetent as some of her conspiracy theories.“Communists bloggers like @mmfa run the same playbook of lies and smears on people they feel threatened by,” Greene wrote. “Produce fake news, spread it all around, then tag all fake news stories about their victim in all future stories. Guess what? Nobody cares about your BS.”

How about explaining the Facebook posts, Congresswoman (she took them down instead)? This is just attacking the messenger.

Of course, that messenger certainly deserves to be attacked. As is its wont, Media Matters misrepresented other Greene interactions on Facebook. Contrary to what it has claimed, Greene never said that 9/11 was engineered by our government. MM’s headlines on that score are, indeed, lies. She did once argue that there was no evidence that a plane hit the Pentagon on 9/11 (some had argued that it was a missile), but that’s a lot less damning than being a Truther. I live near the Pentagon; we heard the explosion. But even though traffic was always heavy on the road passing the building, nobody saw clearly what happened that morning. There were no photos and no useful witnesses. The only evidence is a couple of frames in security footage showing the plane approaching seconds before the crash (above.). The damage to the Pentagon and the deaths of the victims were undeniable, but the jet was vaporized. For someone inclined to believe conspiracy theories, and Greene obviously has that disorder, the missing evidence in the Pentagon attack presented an irresistible temptation.

Mediaite, in reporting the Green-Media Matters tiff, wrote that she had posted that “that 9/11 was an inside job.” That’s false: Media Matters’ evidence consists of Greene posting a response of “That is all true” following a convoluted Facebook thread about various conspiracy theories including one about the World Trade Center attack. I can’t tell what she was saying was “true,” and it would have been easy to mistakenly seem to be approving of one of the crazy assertions without meaning to. What Media Matters is claiming is at best a biased guess, and for Mediaite to report that guess as fact is unethical (and why I no longer use Mediate as a source).

4 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

  1. I’m a little sad by this post, but not for the reasons you might think. It is true, at least as far as I can see, that Ms. Greene is a bottom feeder. Nothing I have seen (even from conservative sites) has given me a positive position of who she is and who she represents. About the only thing I can see that we have in common and we both generally support the right. I am disappointed in her behavior. But that’s not what I came to comment on, I’m also pretty disappointed with the lack of post regarding her behavior.

    I do hope I’m wrong. It was posted on a late Friday night. Site traffic might be down. And I can find an example not long ago of another Republican idiot getting a lot of attention (Brian Kemp April 2nd, 2020). However, in case I’m not, I think it might be good to reflect on what and why we are posting.

    Generally, I comment for three reasons. First, I believe I have something to offer. I have been extremely attracted to this site, not because of the content it offers, but because of the character. Five years ago, I stumbled across EA because I wanted to understand the difference between ethics and morals. While I know our host disagrees with me on some of the overlap (especially when it comes to religion), I have learned a great deal from him and have become a better person for it. The second reason I comment is to ask a question. Sometimes there are things I don’t understand. This was a little frustrating at first because I think our host was a little skeptical of me. A few times he seemed to think I was playing some kind of gotcha game. Largely, this appears to have been corrected with the quality of my comments. The third reason I have posted is to offer a small correction.

    I’m not generally a fan of Valkygrrl but she/he does offer us a perspective on the other side. One of our concerns is we do not have enough voices on the left. I think the lack of comments on a post like this is a good example of that. We have a prime example of BS to call out and it has been largely ignored. As of this moment, the post before it has 21 comments and the post after it has 12 (it is the most recent). On January 4, our last Incompetent Elected Official of the Month, a Democrat, had 27 comments.

    If anything, I think we should be harsher on our side then the other. For example, in the matters of sin, Christians look at those who live in the world of sin as being dead to it. Therefore, if they continue to sin, what does it matter to a Christian? However, for those who have been saved from it, sin that continues in the Christian community should be treated as a bigger deal. Christians even have an obligation to call out sins in their community to encourage repentance. However, in my experience, it seems more Christians focus on sins of the world instead of what is going on in their own backyard.

    While not 100% certain, I believe our host shares a similar thought process. It seems like the politicians and journalist he gives Ethics Hero status to are ones that tend to confront the issues of their own sides. If we are to be ethical heroes ourselves, that means calling out the behavior on those we perceive to be on our side. Sure this might get some backlash among perceived allies, but the endgame is not to fight, but to change attitudes and be better people.

    This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t call out the bad behavior on the other side. After all, crap is still crap. If I had to guess, cognitive dissonance is the reason this is happening. I know our host ask us for quality substance, but it seems like it should rarely matter what side is it for or against.

    • Great comment and important. Of course, late Friday is the perfect time to ensure weak response here, and for some reason both yesterday and today have been unusually dead. Not only hasn’t the post been commented on (other than by you), it hasn’t been read much. Gee, I dunno–I liked it.

      I also was moved to check on the balance in the “Incompetent Elected Official” category, and was pleased to find that the two parties have both been well-represented. President Trump is part of the reason, getting multiple mentions, but nonetheless, it is far from only Democrats who get that distinction here.

      Not all ethics calls need further commentary, of course.

  2. I thought it was interesting. I’ve noticed that the media has been making a big deal of her. That always makes me skeptical, but I think most of it is well deserved. I’m not sure how she got elected, but I’m hoping someone better comes along.

    “Not all ethics calls need further commentary, of course.”

    Res Ipsa Loquitur?

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