Herman Cain’s dubious liberal media conspiracy

"The Daily Show" dissects the faulty logic of the presidential candidate and his defenders VIDEO

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Herman Cain's dubious liberal media conspiracy (Credit: Comedy Central)

The Herman Cain saga escalated yesterday, as a woman named Sharon Bialek surfaced to level charges against the presidential candidate at once both more specific and serious than prior accusations. In response, Cain has employed a strategy not just of strongly denying sexual harassment allegations, but also of lambasting the mainstream media that continues to propagate them.

That tactic — suggesting a liberal media conspiracy set on unjustly discrediting the candidate — is one enthusiastically adopted by conservative pundits. The only problem, as “The Daily Show” pointed out last night, is that their arguments don’t add up to a very convincing case.

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Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.

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