intriguing story on conservative persecution complexes


A friend of mine (who works at Yale) sent me this story about a Yale student who staged several incidents to make it seem as though he was being persecuted for his conservative views. While I am always amazed at the lengths people will go to in order to make a point or try to bolster their argument, what this really made me think of was the push-polling in New Hampshire that was attacking Mormonism. McCain is still pushing for this to be investigated but Romney doesn’t seem interested. I’m leaning toward it having been Mitt Romney’s supporters who did it. Thoughts?

8 thoughts on “intriguing story on conservative persecution complexes

  1. I’m purely speculating at this point. It seems to me that conservatives “love” the persecution complex. I’m working on a project right now looking at the rhetoric of conservative Christians and boy do they think they are being persecuted by secular people. They talk about it more than just about anything else. Social psychological we know that a “powerful” outgroup works great to maintain unity and solidarity (which is likely why they do it). So, I’m just speculating that it was Romney’s camp that did it. I have no evidence 😉

  2. There are plenty of persecution complexes out there. Monitor Democratic Underground or Daily Kos and you hear about how evil the “corporate media” is and other statements that are mirror-images to what conservatives say.

    IMHO it is human nature, whatever your political persuasion, to assume that you are under attack.

  3. Actually, the corporate bias of American mass media has been empirically established. The research was testing liberal media bias accusations and found corporate bias instead.

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