Fox Nation reported that green activists supposedly trashed Fort Mason park on Earth Day (this past Sunday). Does it surprise anyone that the story was picked up by right wingers without actually checking the veracity of the story?
Fact was that there wasn’t any Earth Day activities scheduled for the park, but there was a party at the park the day before.
Fact checking, my ass.
SFist’s photos of a messier-than-usual aftermath at Fort Mason last Saturday got the right wingers frothing at the mouth, apparently. After the story was picked up by the Huffington Post, conservative bloggers from the Gateway Pundit and Fox Nation seized the opportunity to repurpose a couple photos along with an entirely fabricated story pinning the blame on Earth Day partiers and “Green Activists.” Here’s how the story appeared on Fox Nation:
Green Activists Trash Park on Earth Day
Happy Earthday everybody! This was the scene at Fort Mason park in San Francisco after Earth Day activists were through partying ….CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
The click-through link leads you right to our original post. In case you were wondering where the scores of Tea Party commenters came from. Meanwhile, over at Gateway Pundit, they’ve got even more headshaking for San Francisco, which if these folks are to be believed is a city 100% composed of irresponsible and hypocritical Green Activists (emphasis, theirs):
It Figures… Green Activists Completely Trash Park on Earth Day
Leftists will be leftists…
It doesn’t matter if they’re at an inauguration or an annual event praising Mom Earth, they will trash the place and expect YOU to pick up after them.
And this was on Earth Day. Unreal.
To set the record straight here, the people partying on Fort Mason Green last Saturday would hardly identify themselves as part of any particular group that promoted anything other than getting drunk on cheap beer. There was no organized Earth Day celebration, and (perhaps more to the point) the partying occurred on April 21st. Which would be the day before Earth Day, for those keeping score at home. [emphasis added
Let’s recap. The trash wasn’t necessarily from any Earth Day activities at the park, but was from events the day before - as sfist reported when it came upon the trash piles.
If anything, sfist was doing its own impression of the crying Native American by noting the juxtaposition of the trash piles with Earth Day. And sfist made it abundantly clear that the trash was from the day before when they posted this story on April 22:
Just when we thought our faith in the drunkards had been restored, we spotted this disaster area left behind after throngs of Marina District revelers took their overconsumption outdoors yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday afternoon in this case is Saturday, April 21 - not Earth Day.
Other parks in San Francisco were trashed the night before, but volunteers came out on Earth Day to help clean them up.
That’s a reading comprehension fail.