Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The "Obama Phone" and blatant lies...

Have you got the "Obama Phone" email yet? A friend sent it to me, his uncle sent it to him, the uncle's boss sent it to him, and a friend at church sent it to the boss... that's as far as I could get. Each time it was forwarded, the person sending it wrote a note that said something like "WE'VE GOT TO STOP THIS SOCIALIST!"

Nobody took the time to look here, here, here, here, or even the company's own fact sheet here to find out that it was completely false. No free phones paid for by tax payers dollars and it has nothing to do with Obama. In fact, the funny part of this one is that the origins go back to a deal between Wilson and AT&T in 1913, and that basic agreement between communications companies and the Feds has been enhanced since, including the Lifeline program that was set up by the FCC under Reagan, the Universal Service Fund created by the Republican Congress in the '96 Telecommunications Act, and the Safelink Wireless program under Bush in '08.

I've written about this basic idea before regarding the fake Acorn and Sherrod video's, the fake study about Federal VS Private Sector wages, and once you begin to recognize the pattern it was easy to recognize that the fake Obama's $20M a day trip to India was in the same vain. But, most of those found daylight in the national media, and although those responsible for spreading the falsehoods never came out and said, "oops, I missed that one", responsible outlets pointed out the facts.

Forwarded emails strike me as a little different, nobody just missed this one, this was originally written by someone for the purpose of propaganda, to pull the strings of people who don't have the time or know how to learn different. On second thought there's not that much difference, if Fox doesn't clarify the facts, Republicans won't hear the truth, and this is exactly what those who spread this crap know. As the quote and video link at the top of this blog point out, that's the purpose of marketing and propaganda, and that's why for years they made this false claim about the "liberal" media. They convinced them to only trust their resources for information, no need to research, read, or think... just absorb.

A quick, non political example. That Jeep being blown out of a volcano commercial is silly, but don't be shocked if you hear somebody say "that Jeeps pretty tough I hear"... they don't know where they picked up that knowledge, but they're pretty sure it's true. The puppeteers in politics play the same game, thus we hear, "Obama's a socialist"... when in point of fact, he's nothing more than a middle of the road, corporate politician, who, as this piece points out, real socialist wouldn't claim as one of their own for anything.

To quote Hitchen's (again), "It's not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be."

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