(Photo: PSP flashback to 02-07-10)
I have a confession: I actually kinda like Mediaite! Oh, sure, it's dumb, shallow and insidery, but its tasty little factoids are fun. I actually think "Media Snack" would be a better name for it.
Every once in a while, though, they hit a wayward nail right on the head. Here, for instance, is a smart little article by Tommy Christopher where he wonders, quite sensibly, about why so many people are taking Christine O'Donnell's silly "I dabbled in witchcraft" tale at face value. Christopher is loath to outright call the nutty Ms. O'Donnell a liar, but he points out that the witchcraft tale, besides being obviously ludicrous, was also a bit trendy at the time:
Christine O’Donnell’s Politically Incorrect appearance, it should also be noted, came on the heels of the release of The Blair Witch Project, the culmination of a decade that saw witches attain the kind of sexy teen cachet now reserved for mopey vampires. Her “confession” was not just sensational, it was topical.
The mere fact that [previous witchcraft claimers] were liars doesn’t mean that O’Donnell is, but the inauthenticity of her story makes it a fair question. Unfortunately, the right seems happy with O’Donnell’s tale of redemption, and the left would rather she be a kooky witch than a bad teenage liar.
This is a very good point. Who was this supposed Warlock who dated O'Donnell? Where was this "Satanic" altar she claimed to picnic upon? It has apparently occured to nobody to actually investigate her silly claims.
I have a feeling that when Christine says she "dabbled" in witchcraft, the scenario most likely was something like a dormroom of girls playing with a Ouija board or reading each others' horoscopes. Or maybe doing yoga. All these things, to the nutty Christians, are tantamount to Satanism and sorcery (see link under the picture above, for instance, or here for a hysterically funny Christian take on yoga).