Friday, May 09, 2008

Bait And Switch

A common practice among right-wingers is to take a quote or a story or a picture that casts their side in a bad light and attempt to reframe it as a slam at those of us on the left side of the aisle. A few years back, I remember seeing plenty of emails full of Dan Quayle quotes (and dumb-ass quotes from other Republicans) attributed to Al Gore. Here's one of the newer examples of this practice that I've seen.

This picture was taken at a VFW meeting in Salt Lake City on August 5th, 2005, when Preznit Torquemada Bush was addressing the group. The man's name is Bill Moyer, he is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars and he was 73 years old at the time this picture was taken. He put those ear flaps on specifically to protest the Criminal in Chief.

The email I got today, which had been forwarded numerous times before it reached me, had this same picture in it, but the identifying caption claims that the picture was taken while the
man was listening to "Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton address the VFW." (No dates or locations are given, of course, and anyone with a semblance of a brain would think that an address to the VFW by the two major Democratic candidates and a well-known Democratic Senator any time in the past few months just might have been reported in the news somewhere, but apparently wingnut minds don't work that way.) To quote a phrase, "Sadly, No!" You could look it up, as I told the senders of that email in a reply-all correction. I did my little part to help amend the misinformation being spread to the people on the immediate distribution list of that particular email, but many of the people who had seen it in its previous forwards, and many of the people to whom it will undoubtedly be sent, will most likely accept it as gospel and nod their heads in agreement at this courageous, plain-spoken old gentleman who had the courage to stand up to the damn lib'rals out there. *sigh*

Well, we do what we can when we can, I guess, but it sure seems like we're fighting against the tide sometimes, doesn't it?
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