Read Mark Morford's skillfully written article, "How to talk to complete idiots," here.
Morford considers three options. He concludes, "The absolute best way to speak to complete idiots is, of course, not to speak to them at all."
Morford's conclusion dovetails with Farhad Manjoo's advice: if you want to kill the rumors about the death panels, stop talking about them. Read about it here.
According to Manjoo, the idiot's mythology about death panels or Barack Obama's birthplace or what have you gains currency even when it's being debunked.
Refuse to engage the idiot, and not only do you protect your own sanity, you avoid becoming unknowingly complicit in proliferating their particular idiocy.
Idiots refuse to play by the rules of rational, informed debate. So screw 'em.
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