Thursday, July 06, 2006

I receive many right-wing chain emails. It never fails: 99.9% of the time (no, make that 100%) they're either completely false, misleading, or both. Nothing more than spam.

Don't you just love the fact that many wingnuts adamantly dismiss stories in the MSM, quickly criticizing anything they read and don't like as lefty-liberal propaganda, and yet they'll latch on to and believe these oft-circulated chain emails conveying supposed truths -- nearly all of which prove to be hoaxes?

Where's the harsh skepticism in these instances? Hell, where's the fact-checking? It simply takes two minutes of Googling to discover the fiction.

But then again, it's these same folks who fall for the same lies and fiction peddled by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Bill O'Reilly. These big-name "news" purveyors are equivalent to the junk chain-letter emails, passing on B.S. to the hapless public who sadly are either too lazy and/or to delusional with partisan hate to spend a few minutes looking into the validity of such stories.

Nah, better to just accept the tripe at face value because it simply confirms preconceived notions. Who cares about truth?! They just thirst for validation -- like a four-year old child. The echo-sphere is their reality. Frightening.

To them, an email from Lord knows where, riddled with spelling mistakes and bad grammar, is something to be trusted over anything published in the NY Times or Washington Post.

We live in a very sad and dangerous time thanks to such willful ignorance and stupidity.

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