Friday, June 3, 2016
Fool Them Once and the Wingnuts Will Let You Fool Them Again and Again and Again.
Making the rounds in the far right news sites and blogs is a fake news story.
The story was published by a satirical news site called "Christian Times," and it reports that Hillary Clinton blamed racism for the tragic incident in the Cincinnati Zoo with a little boy and a silver back gorilla.
It is a completely made up satire, but the goofballs spreading it all over the internet are too dense and too crazed with hate for Hillary to have bothered to research the veracity of the story before they repeated it and made titanic fools of themselves.
These same fools who swallowed that fake story are the same fools who swallow Donald Trump' lies and rants.
The article circulated on Facebook, where Clinton's critics took its claim at face value.
From a fact-checking site:
However, the Christian Times Newspaper (not to be confused with the legitimate publication The Christian Times) is a fake news site whose articles are appended with the following disclaimer:
Christian Times Newspaper is your premier online source for news, commentary, opinion, and theories. Christian Times Newspaper does not take responsibility for any of our readers' actions that may result from reading our stories. We make it abundantly aware the [sic] not all stories are necessarily grounded in fact.
We do our best to provide accurate, updated news and information.
Accordingly, it is simple to conclude that the comments attributed to Clinton about the gorilla's death are not "necessarily grounded in fact."
Other article headlines on the site are clearly designed to incite social media outrage-driven sharing, such as:
"BREAKING: Colorado GOP primary CANCELLED, Cruz awarded ALL delegates" and
"BREAKING: Black Trump supporter shot and killed by Chicago protesters."
Christian Times Newspaper is similar to the fake news site The End Times as a "satirical" effort aimed at politically conservative social media users.
I might also add that the majority who pass these stories around are gullible and not what one would describe as "critical thinkers." They read something on social media and take it a truth.
No wonder Trump has gone as far as he has. His followers never bother to check the truth of his statements, and they take as fact all the b.s. he feeds them.
By spreading this story around, Trump supporters again have shown that they are easily fooled by other fools.