fact checking… it’s important!

ah, politics… and here I was hoping that with the election over we could finally go back to life as usual, with a minimal amount of politics gunking up the works.

United (States) Parcel Service.
United (States) Parcel Service. (Photo credit: matt.hintsa)

OK, yeah, go ahead and laugh now. Really. I’ll wait.

I guess I find it all extra exhausting and humorous at the same time because I’ve seen both sides of this. I was the one married to a staunch republican when the whole hanging chad thing happened, ushering in the era of Bush the Second. I’ve seen the the right wing’s reactions when those on the left squawk.

Really, this latest round of politics as usual shouldn’t surprise me… but it does.

The petitions to secede “peacefully” from the United States (really? seriously? if you don’t like it, why don’t you do what you suggested liberals do when they were on the losing side… leave the country, as in you move out)

The ensuing petition to revoke the citizenship and cast into exile anyone who petitions to secede (which, by the way, is being thrown about by some nimrods as if it’s straight from the President himself).

And of course, the cries of election fraud. My favorite of those is the one claiming that hundreds of thousands of military ballots did not arrive in time to elect Romney president. The accompanying story is so ridiculous it’s impossible to believe – bags of ballots were mistaken for ammo and shipped to Afghanistan, then several boxes were lost overboard on transport back to the US, and other fantastical claims.

The “news” source for this is the DuffleBlog, an unapologetically satirical site that flat out states their stories are bunk, meant for pure entertainment. They say, “We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet”. In fact, their “About Us” section goes on to note: “Legal Crap The content of this site is parody. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm. All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.”

A quick check of Snopes confirmed what I already knew. This was a humor piece. But still, there it sat on several people’s blogs, Facebook pages and more.

I debated. I hemmed and hawed. I beat myself up over whether to say something at all, and if so whether to do it privately or in public.

I chose to do so politely, but also in public. One thanked me, laughed at himself and made some snarky comment about getting all wrapped up in the BS and forgetting to check sources.

Two have sparked further discussion, including claims that Snopes put a false story out to make people believe the story is false. Apparently, the DuffleBlog’s own assertion that they are not a real news site doesn’t matter.

Nor does the fact that it’s very easy to check on the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and find that even they say it’s a fake article.

But, I suppose it’s all a great, big conspiracy and they have to work to cover it up because President Obama is the Commander in Chief and all…

And yes, I’m well aware that both sides are full of so much crap they could drown the entire world in it. That, however, would be a completely different rant.