“I’m Just Asking Questions” is the Rhetoric of Assholes and Grifters

Conspiracy-mongers, racists, and moonbats love to assault logic and then hide behind this narrative device

Tim Wise

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“I’m just asking questions!”

No four words in the English language, placed together in a single sentence, can so clearly demonstrate one’s commitment to quasi-intellectual douchebaggery as these.

You’ll hear it from all manner of assholes and grifters.

Like the ones trying to sell you their miracle COVID cure involving bleach or nebulized hydrogen peroxide, who insist that the only reason the FDA hasn’t approved it is because “Big Pharma paid them off.”

No, they have no studies to back up the treatment’s efficacy, and no, there is no evidence that the FDA has deviously squashed the science behind it. But hey, “they’re just asking questions.”

“What?” They ask, smugly. “Are you opposed to open inquiry?”

Or like the ones who stick metal objects on their neck or cheek to prove COVID vaccines magnetize skin, and when those objects inevitably fall off, keep insisting the theory is true.

At least it might be true. How can you know for sure? They ask.

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Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)