Friday, November 15, 2013

The end is near. Maybe today

Did you hear the one about President Obama getting caught on an open mic saying really terrible things about our country?

No? I hadn’t either, until a helpful person dropped a photocopy of the Jefferson County Republican Party’s newsletter from last July here at the office. Among the nasty things Obama said was this morsel:

“You’d think we’d stop celebrating the birth of the worst imperial power in history –but nooooo…we have to do this flag-waving bullshit every year,” Obama muttered more as he made his way from the podium. “I can’t believe I have to miss a good day of golf for this crap!”

Now, that’s bad. What’s worse, “the media” haven’t covered this huge story because, as everyone knows, the media are in the bag for Obama. I’m appalled.

I’m appalled, because these comments come from a satirical web site called duhprogressive.com. Even when the comments were picked up by a conservative web site called thelibertypaper.org, the words “POLITICAL SATIRE” could be found at the end.

In other words – I’ll type very slowly here – the president never said any of it. It was all made up by people attempting to be funny. Want to read more? Go here.

“Satire: a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. : humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.” (That’s from Merriam Webster.)

For example, the newspaper The Onion (now just a web site) never publishes the truth. It makes stuff up, and sometimes it’s really funny. It’s called satire. But every so often, someone picks something up from the Onion and passes it off as the truth. Now, that’s funny.

I mean, it happens to the New York Times, which once reported that Obama had appeared on the cover of Teen Beat magazine before his first election. It was a fake, created by The Onion.

The scariest thing about the Jefferson County GOP and the Fourth of July fakery is that they clearly think so little of Obama that they actually believe he is capable of saying those things. It must be terrible to live in a world in which your own president hates the Fourth of July and wants to destroy your country by providing affordable health care.

I’ve often ranted on and on (and on) about the need to check things out before passing them along, though in this case I can’t really blame the person who brought this paper by our office. He’s clearly not the computer type and probably not a particularly sophisticated consumer of news. Sadly, it appears that even outwardly sophisticated people still get this stuff wrong, however.