There’s so much on Facebook that drives me batty, given the absolute falsehood of what is posted.
Right off the bat this morning, I was greeted with the following quote being highlighted. The report claimed it was uttered by the Pope during his meeting with the President at the White House.
“Jesus Christ, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths.”
Now, how this reporter would know that nugget and the rest of the media wouldn’t is a mystery. Personally, if I was the author, I’d be afraid that I would be struck by lightning for putting such a lie out there about the Pope.
“Now, c’mon Troy, you’re on the writer for this claim, but how can you call it a lie? You don’t know what was said, either.”
Easy. It’s called a Google search.
The first entry that quote brings up is Snopes. Pretty good start.
The following entries are “news” sources similar to the one that reported that this was said at the White House yesterday.
The Pope supposedly said that specific string of words in January, June, July, August and, now, again in September.
Again: those specific words. No changes. Direct quote.
It’s false. Yet, I’ve got friends dotting my timeline with the story from such places as the “Civic Tribune”, “National Report”, “Conservative Byte” and, my favorite, “Rapture Forums”.
“Trust, but verify” is sage advice, yet, apparently, we’ve all gotten to the point that almost no one cares to do it. Then, they turn around and share the damn lies on Facebook and other sites, passing them off as real.
“Well, we can’t count on the MSM to report this stuff.” True.
BECAUSE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!
You don’t think that the MSM would be all over a quote like this if it were true? This fits exactly what the 24/7 news cycle wants: a controversial comment that allows them to enpanel another group for conversation and arguments.
Oh, wait…back to “trust, but verify”. Those who post this crap won’t trust the MSM or make an effort to verify it’s stories, but WILL trust these shady websites and forgo verifying the stories because they want to believe in the B.S. so much.
Step away from the web. Please. For everyone else’s sanity for the spread of actual truth.
(For good measure, here’s my homework)