“Don’t believe everything on the internet” – Benjamin Franklin

Yesterday, a friend of mine posted another one of those silly internet things meant to make Obama look like an evil Muslim Atheist Socialist bent on destroying America. This one accused him of removing “In God We Trust” off the coins.

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To my friend’s credit, when I pointed out that (a) The coins were introduced in 2007 when George W. Bush was President and (b) The coins do have “In God We Trust” on them, he apologized grudgingly.

But the point of this post is not about the coins. We could discuss whether coins even should say “In God We Trust” on them at all. (For those playing at home, the correct answer is “no.”)

The point is that sometimes we are so anxious to believe something, we accept it without even checking to see if it’s true. (For the record, snopes is once again your friend.)

A few days earlier, a left wing blog posted an article which claims they have proof that the George Zimmerman rescue of some people stuck in a car after an accident was not true. The site claimed a police officer sympathetic to Zimmerman called him when the accident happened and told him to show up and pretend to be saving the people. Apparently, he arrived but had little to do with anything, and that’s why the victims of the accident haven’t come forth to thank him or anything.

Is this possible? Is it believable? Sure. It makes more sense to imagine that happening than to assume that he coincidentally just happened to be at the site of the accident only a few weeks after the verdict when he needed to redeem his image among many Americans.

But it’s reported on a site with an agenda; a site that is just as suspect as Fox News should be to everyone else.

When I see this reported on some mainstream, more respectable sites, then I’ll give it some credence, but for now, I am suspicious.

And that’s the lesson for today.

2 thoughts on ““Don’t believe everything on the internet” – Benjamin Franklin

  1. And just yesterday people were spreading a photo of a white guy whose face appeared bloody, sitting in a road while 3 black women appeared to be offering him water. It had a caption to the photo as follows:

    “This is the owner of a New Haven, Connecticut motorsports shop. He was out test driving a motor scooter that his mechanics had repaired when a mob of black Trayvon crazed thugs pulled him off of the scooter and beat him to a pulp.

    He was so severely beaten by the racist thugs that he has no memory of the attack. Luckily there were witnesses and police are pursuing leads. Media is reporting the attackers as only ‘youths’.

    Where is the outrage and 24-hour none stop coverage..of course there is none…we need to share it so people see the media bias.

    (Chances of “hate crime” charges – 0%)”

    According to snopes.com, http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/beating.asp what actually happened was much different – a scooterjacking. But some people prefer to to fantasize about race wars. And the comments on the original image were extremely disturbing. No mention of the three women coming to his assistance, just how awful black people are and “how they get away with the real racisim”. So much blind hatred. So sad.

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