Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday B.S. Roundup ~ July 5, 2013

I'm getting ready for weekend company so this will be a quickie. I happened to see this one yesterday and found it pretty irritating that people were swallowing it hook, line and sinker. Too many folks are all too willing to believe anything that fits their personal narrative, no matter how outrageous, without even thinking about checking to see if it's true. A certain segment of the population is convinced that President Obama "hates America" and react with glee when presented with anything which reinforces that belief - whether it's true or not. So here goes:

Obama's address to college students:
“America is a great country. There is no denying this. However, I caution you all as you step forward in your careers. Peer back into history and ask yourselves- Was a revolution truly necessary? Great Britain may not have had it completely right, but they had many things right. Take taxes for example. If your neighbor makes $1 Million a year, but you and your family can barely keep the heat on should he not help your family? God instructs us to help our neighbors. He does not instruct us to look down upon them though the windows of capitalism. Why then on the Fourth of July should you celebrate such a radical break from what is Godly and just? No doubt there are many voices warning you of the harm of big government. They are wrong. Government can provide you with what family and friends cannot. If this is gone what will you have?”
Many in the crowd seemed uneasy, and desperate for some sort of clarification. Julie Barks, an intern from Louisiana State University, asked President Obama, “Are you saying we should not celebrate the birth of our country?”
 President Obama responded, ”I believe we should celebrate where we are going. Celebrate moving forward. Not where we have been.”

This is quoted from an article on the site, The Liberty Paper.  The only thing is, immediately following what I quoted above is this:


That's right. The author of the article very clearly states that it's political satire. Now, I know that many on Facebook just happily share whatever without checking the original source.  Quite frankly, I don't understand that but I do acknowledge that's the case. So the people sharing it likely have no idea it's satire because they didn't bother to check it out. But what I can't understand is why the first person to share it did so. Did they fail to notice those two words, "political satire" plainly written at the end of the article? Do they not know what satire is? Or were they purposely trying to stir up the uninformed?

As soon as I saw it I copied a line or two from the quoted material and Googled it. Snopes had already debunked it.  In fact, so had Glenn Beck's "The Blaze":


The funny (?) thing about the Blaze article is that even though the author of the article very clearly explains that it is political satire, he makes the mistake of mentioning Snopes which led to comments such as this:

…snopes…left leaning snopes…really…?…no thanks…

SNOPES! Everyone knows SNOPES is in Obama’s pocket!
And this:
I have one question and one question only: How would snopes know if this were true or not? Who made them the planet’s truth-detector? Sorry, that’s two questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
There were many others along that line. Somehow, despite the fact that the original article very clearly tells its readers that it's political satire, Snopes is just a left-leaning site so you can't believe them. Even when they point out that the author of the piece says it's satire. That makes my head hurt.

There was one comment I enjoyed, however:

The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of…
A play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire. 

That one was totally ignored as commenter after commenter reacted to the story of this being satire as if the original piece were true. And the rest just said something along the lines, "well, even if this isn't true Obama really does think this".

You see, folks? This is what we are dealing with. As they say, you can't fix stupid. But I know that not everyone passing this along on Facebook is stupid so if you see it, share the truth and hope for the best.

Now I've got to get back to getting ready for our weekend guest. We are taking her to watch fireworks Saturday night in the tiny town where David works. We might be left-leaning Snopes readers but we still enjoy 4th of July weekend celebrations.

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