George is my co-pilot: What’s the truth of the Zimmerman SUV story?
It’s bizarrely ironic how the term “wag the dog” has become almost synonymous with utter gullibility. These days, when somebody responds to a current-events story with the remark “It’s just like that movie Wag the Dog,” the odds are strong that the guy is an undiscriminating conspiracy junkie who will believe any crackpot theory the Internet can puke up all over him.
What’s sad about that is that it reduces news analysis to an all-or-nothing proposition; it crowds out nuance. There’s no room left to process the numerous instances in which our deepest suspicions may not be borne out by the facts, but the official version of events doesn’t pass the smell test, either.
Witness the reaction to the curious tale of George Zimmerman’s highway Good Samaritan act. When it was revealed that the Mad Killer of Sanford had helped pull a family from their overturned SUV, a lot of people’s bullshit detectors went off. Coming just a few days after Zimmerman’s highly controversial exoneration, such an overt show of heroism had to be a publicity stunt – right?