Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

FACEBOOK: It’s easy to fact-check claims

Letter by Charlotte G. Mitchell, Vaughn on April 25, 2011 at 11:37 am | 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.”

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.