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Letter by Charlotte G. Mitchell, Vaughn on April 25, 2011 at 11:37 am with 32 Comments »
April 25, 2011 11:37 am

Over the last three weeks a “friend” has been posting small anti-Obama messages on Facebook: Obama has canceled the National Day of Prayer, Obama is going to cut military pay, illegal aliens are receiving Social Security.

Think about it. If Obama had done just one of these things, it would be the headline of every newspaper in the nation. It would be on the cover of Newsweek and Time, and the women of “The View” would be talking about this. But the “lamestream” media happens to check facts and does not print false information.

There is a lot of hate in our nation, and it is feeding off false information that is quietly spreading from “friend to friend.”

It is so easy to check the facts. Google “National Day of Prayer” and click on any article that has factcheck.org or snoops.com in the text. You will discover when and where the rumor first appeared, how it spreads and whether it is true or not.

As for the “friend” . . . I “de-friended” her. I regret that, because now there isn’t a comment after each of these postings telling her readers to “please check the facts.”

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  1. fbergford says:

    If you get your news from facebook…YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    fbergford beat me to it….

  3. LarryFine says:

    “…it would be the headline of every newspaper in the nation”

    Highly improbable.

    .
    You don’t have to defriend your friend, you can set it so her comments don’t show on your wall… on the other hand, if you are so devoted to the “one” it is understandable that you would “de-friend” her.

    Funny, only a few short years ago it was patriotic to dissent… now it’s called hate.

    Kooky

  4. Likely you’re friend will need hours of taxpayer supported counseling because you have defriended her. How could you hate her so much for being a hater?

  5. “Over the last three weeks a “friend” has been posting small anti-Obama messages on Facebook: Obama has canceled the National Day of Prayer, Obama is going to cut military pay, illegal aliens are receiving Social Security”

    Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2011/04/25/check-the-facts/#ixzz1KZDvUIeS

    “Funny, only a few short years ago it was patriotic to dissent… now it’s called hate.”

    And what would “National Prayer Day” have to do with patriotism???? If the military pay was cut, Congress would do it, not the President….etc, etc

    Lies are hate, not dissent.

  6. Charlotte,
    Here is an undisputable truth for you,
    Republicans, all of them, lie.
    It’s just what they do, they are lied to 24/7 by their media and their reps so they honestly think it’s OK for them to lie at will themselves.

    It’s best to just ignore everything they say knowing that it is either wrong, an outright lie or simply made up in a failed effort to look smarter than they are.

  7. fbergford says:
    April 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    If you get your news from facebook…YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

    BlaineCGarver says:
    April 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    fbergford beat me to it….

    Yeah, make sure you use FOX News, Drudge, World Net Daily et al….

  8. lovethemountains says:

    xtp855….such hate you express. Chill out.

  9. NWflyfisher says:

    Charlotte Mitchell: Try using Microsoft’s Bing (www.bing.com) instead of Google. Google and the White House appear to have a pretty cozy relationship and it seems some Google searches have been “sanitized”.

  10. Oh…..FOX is POLITICAL and not news?

    Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuussse me…..LOL

    Idiot? Hmmmmm……

  11. As a Bing user, I can only laugh at NW McFly.

    Another conspiracy bites the dust.

  12. Lets see, pointing out that republicans are liars, which no one has bothered to dispute, makes me a “hater” and somehow discussing the republican lies about the President makes this ‘political’ and worthy of personal attacks by a…….republican.

    Thank you both for proving my point.

  13. “just saying we should all be honest here.”

    I am being honest, republicans are liars.
    I can’t get more honest and truthful than that.

  14. Larry,
    You think if Obama cancelled the National Day of Prayer, or planned to cut military pay FOX Entertainment would not be blasting it 24/7? Crazy!

    Dissent became unpatriotic under a certain unelected President of the republicon persuasion.

    Congress cut military pay several times in the 1920’s and 30’s.

  15. The posts on facebook are no different then the emails that get forwarded around. They’re like gossip. Yes I read them, well most of them. Then I check to see if they are even a little true. Ninety percent of the time there is no truth, or what truth there is has nothing to do with what the email claims. I then tell the person who sent the email what I found.

    Before making remarks like ” If you get your news from facebook…YOU ARE AN IDIOT! ” Think about what is really being said. People are forwarding false information as if it were true. Doesn’t matter if it’s on facebook, a chain email, over the phone, or on the news. It’s still not true and the fact that it’s not true needs to be pointed out.

  16. Murigen – well put. The same person calling others an idiot would buy into a chain email that was negative about Obama, in a heartbeat.

  17. LarryFine says:

    • Toyotaman84 wrote on 12/18/2009 06:36:10 PM:
    Now I know I’m going crazy… I’m referring to myself in the 3rd person.

  18. LarryFine says:

    No x-ring… “dissent is patriotic” became popular under Bush. You know… Hillary and her team ( the original birthers) re-coined that one … it became unpopular when Barry was given the nobel peace prize when he was ordained… “the one” lol

  19. The conspiracy theories of the fall-off-the-extreme-right-wingers never ceases to amaze.

  20. “Funny, only a few short years ago it was patriotic to dissent… now it’s called hate.”
    When it reaches the ridiculous level we see now it cannot be called simple dissent. It has gone beyond that and deserves to be called hate.

  21. “LarryFine says:
    April 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    No x-ring… “dissent is patriotic” became popular under Bush.”

    Another history non-genius. Dissent is patriotic was popular long before Bush. Try the REAL TEA Party. Not the faux TEA Party.

  22. “it became unpopular when Barry was given the nobel peace prize when he was ordained… “the one” lol”

    One of the irregulars is going off topic

  23. bobcat1a says:

    The only people who call President Obama “the one” are tightie righties. Reasonable people call him the President.

  24. Larry – it’s easy to fact-check claims.

    GOP again plays the patriotism card – Equates criticism of war in Iraq with a lack of patriotism.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2003-11-26/news/0311260109_1_patriotism-war-on-terrorism-des-moines

    Imperial President – Opposing Bush becomes unpatriotic

    http://www.slate.com/id/2106109/

  25. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Funny how anti-war the left was a couple years ago. Now it is all OK under the “one”, aka the great orator, aka the ultimate community organizer.

  26. Alison7613 says:

    Publico, well-said. Dissent is fine as long as it makes sense. It is very different that hate. In fact, dissent is called unpatriotic when fascist regimes rise, such as we saw in Hitler’s Germany. Journalist Naomi Wolf outlines the ten tenants of a fascist state in her book entitled “Letters To A Patriot.”

    Dissent is not hate. After 9/11 when all the flags went flying, it was fascism pure and simple. Anyone who said anything against our plans to bomb Iraq was called “unpatriotic.” Federal work sites were especially bad. I know. I was a fed at the time.

    It turns out we bombed them for no reason. We bombed them to use our planes and bombs and kill civilians. Fifteen of the 17 terrorists on the planes on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia, not Iraq. The war was a false one. We were lied to. Yet to question the Bush regime is/was “unpatriotic.” For some reason, it is okay to be racist and hateful to Obama. And to blame him for the mess he inherited.

    America, I don’t get you anymore. As far as Facebook for news, republished articles from reputable sites like The New York Times or Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal make a lot more sense than unknown blogs, etc. Check the source.

  27. As to patriotism – just a few words….

    Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame

  28. “concernedtacoma7 says:
    April 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm
    Funny how anti-war the left was a couple years ago. Now it is all OK under the “one”, aka the great orator, aka the ultimate community organizer.”

    False statement. War is as bad as it always was, but since Iraq and Afghanistan were in place long before President Obama took over, it would be intellectually dishonest to place blame on him. Wait a minute……I forgot who I’m responding to….

    As to Libya – I’d just as soon see the US stay out of that also, but it appears that Conservatives like John McCain would make a fuss if we don’t participate in multi-country assistance.

    The real interesting part is that I don’t think of Obama as the “great” anything or Messiah. Those words always come from a Conservative “mind”.

  29. aka the great orator

    It just dawned on me why there has been all of this nonsense about teleprompters – protecting the legacy of The Great Communicator.

  30. MarksonofDarwin says:

    People post political stuff on facebook all the time, and the lies and hyperbole goes both ways.

    I have more progressive friends than conservative, therefore most of the political posts are about how eeevvvil and poopy-faced Republicans are. Sometimes they’re about issues that I don’t agree with.

    I generally don’t engage though. I save all political jousts for right here on the good ole TNT! That way, I’m not arguing with people who I talk with on the phone and have the occasional lunch. Although I have come to count many of the regulars here as good friends and would be horrified if I truly insulted them.

    Facebook should be fun….some people seem to view it as the ultimate passive-aggressive weapon, and they use it. *shrug* Just hide the most obnoxious, and move on….

  31. eeevvvil and poopy-faced

    You make me laugh.

  32. Giovanni Schumpert says:

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