I like #facts
. I hate #bullshit
made to look like facts.
I don't like #TedCruz
. He says a lot of bullshit and presents it as facts. But do you know what he's probably never said? He's probably never said the thing attributed to him in this image. I know this because I just created this image.
The quote is often attributed to Hermann Göring and other Nazi leaders, but is actually paraphrased from Hanns Johst's "Schlageter". The radio station is comprised of a W and some random letters I chose, and doesn't exist in Ames, Iowa. Ted Cruz probably wasn't in Ames, Iowa that day. Neoconwatch.org is a website I made up. I even named the image file "bullshit.jpg".
My point here is that a lot of people would look at this image -- unflattering photo, low quality, seemingly real information -- and decide that Ted Cruz had actually said those words last Monday, because they don't like him and are predisposed to believe anything that looks like it could maybe be a fact. And the kind of folks who make misleading images -- or write bullshit "news" stories -- without alerting you to the fact that they are satirical or fake are counting on your baseline anger and fear. They don't want us to debate; they want us to fight.
Just because you already don't like a person doesn't mean that things "reported" about them are true. In this day and age more than any other, you have the ability to verify things like this. It took less than 5 minutes on my phone with a spotty signal while riding BART to debunk a bullshit story about Dianne Feinstein this morning.
I get it: believing the clever lie takes little time and effort. But correcting one's perception of reality doesn't have to take much more.