Politico interviewed the NY Times' Adam Nagourney about the origins of his blockbuster story on Cliven Bundy's "Negro" watch--and brother is it telling:
None of Bundy’s supporters seemed to react to the quote and no one from Bundy’s entourage sought to clarify or defend it while he was visiting, Nagourney said, though he immediately knew it was going to be big.
The fashionable term for dogged, right-wing ignorance is "epistemic closure," although the right's Bundys couldn't begin to define it, nor ever admit it, because, to commit a colossal tautalogy, they're breathtakingly ignorant. But not within their circles, not in their little clubs, not while sitting around their campfires of incestuous ignorance, where ignorance is the commonly accepted currency of good-old-boy wisdom.
Of course Bundy's supporters heard his meditations on the freedom of slavery as casually as others would the time of day. Everybody knows Negroes are shiftless and bewildered and thus dependent on government and were but happy children under the enterprising beneficence of white masters. To react to such common knowledge with horror or embarrassment or even the vaguest doubt would be to be expose oneself as a tribal apostate. This, however, is never at risk, for how could one ever react in those ways when the singular truth of Negroes' shiftless dependence is as monolithically accepted as, oh, I don't know, the illegitimacy of our shiftless president?