I avoid politics on Facebook, but a lot of folks choose not to. I’d say I have more liberal Facebook friends than conservative, and as a result I see plenty of left-wing stuff that’s either silly or annoying, but mostly what catches my eye, I’ve already seen here, or elsewhere.
It goes without saying that right-wing postings these days are grim, at best, to even contemplate. But, I do have a few friends who seem to be very interested in informing everyone about these things that don’t make any sense, are outright untrue, and, as you probably know if you’re reading this, batshit insane. So…
…this pops up in my news feed.
The graphic didn’t catch my eye (boring), but the opening sentence did, for some reason, though it typically wouldn’t…
On Monday March 11, 2013, Congress is reportedly beginning impeachment proceedings against Barack Obama.
I don’t waste much time arguing with the friends of mine who are posting these things, for various reasons, mostly because I see it as a waste of time. Occasionally I consider the idea, and look to see how easy it would be to debunk this or that (taking into consideration that Snopes is seen as something between leftist propaganda and the murderous dribblings of the scary Obama-ish enemy that’s come to shred the Constitution and destroy America, yadda yadda).
I figured it came from an email list or something, some screed that was created almost completely out of thin air by someone who may have thought they seized upon one shred of valid information that needed to be interpreted, um, very differently. The sort of thing, like the ‘you didn’t build that’ meme, that I’ve seen influencing electoral politics for way too long. So imagine my surprise when I see that it actually came from…here.
Where the headline positively SCREAMS
OBAMA IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEGIN!
I know there was something recently where an Onion headline got taken as fact somehow—in China, maybe? There was probably another, I lose track of this kind of thing. But, still—between the comments sections on Weekly World News and the Facebook page, there are people who believe this, people who want to believe this, people who aren’t interested in taking ten seconds to see if this obviously nonsensical garbage has any credibility.
For some reason, at this moment I’m not quite as disappointed or disgusted as I have been lately at finding these sorts of things. It is kinda funny that they plugged Saturday’s date on something they published nearly a year ago, I suppose. So, I guess I have to laugh. Ha, ha.
Bat boy! Ed Anger hates the Irish! Facebook will end in May 2013!