One of my more right-wing relatives is constantly circulating things they believe implicitly from the various super conservative websites. The latest example being a complete misstatement of a NY Times article. What I received on the FB page came with the headline:“George W. Bush’s Reputation Restored… NY Times Reveals WMDs Found In Iraq”. If you go to that website, there are all sorts of comments about Obama, Kool-Aid drinkers and Libtards, but of course no one has read the original article, they are just obsessing amongst themselves and reinforcing their already cemented beliefs based on a headline.
Now if you do go to the original NY Times article, the headline is The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons and the sub-message in a long piece about inadequate treatment of military injuries to 17 men is that these weapons were not part of an active arsenal. They were remnants from Iraq’s arms program in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war not the feared WMD’s that supposedly caused the SHOCK AND AWE as shown above.
The end result is that a hardcore group becomes even more entrenched. Now I have seen some examples of this on the far left, but they don’t seem to get reinforced by media nor do they get the same kind of loud attention from fellow left leaning adherents. Of course here, we tend to actually READ and research which brings down all sorts of Ivory Tower elitist accusations. When did ignorance become a virtue?
Feel free to add your own pet peeve examples.