Lloyd Marcus is a popular Tea Party activist and songwriter. Here he gives an editorial on the Zimmerman trial with many unsupported and false claims . A detailed account of the claims in his misleading article follows.
In the end, this is simply another window into the heart of the conservative dialog with curtains drawn aside. There is a lot of noise about American values and how the voters of the 2012 election just wanted their “free stuff”. This chain email within conservative circles does not hesitate to confirm that Romney’s 47% comments were no accident. This is in fact, exactly how conservatives feel. The new material offered by this email/article include a claim that Obama ran a dirty smear campaign while Romney “never engaged in such diatribes”, which was false even before the general election. Romney’s ads were consistently negative through the primaries. The other notion is that Obama is not a supporter of Israel and that he would not support military action against Iran is, at best, conjecture. Obama has, on multiple occasions, publicly stated his support for Israel and that regarding Iran all options “are on the table.” These false statements with some accurate statistics and the correct attribution net the article a mixed score of true and false information.
It’s nothing short of fantasy to assume that the media’s coverage of Benghazi has not been extensive. Beyond that, George Zimmerman jokes tend to fall flat, regardless of your political affiliation.
Today, we turn to a chain email that has found its way on to Facebook. The email in its original and later forms has been debunked by Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes.com, as the email cited a non-existent newspaper as the source of the story. The mugshot photo has since been added, of Tracy Grissom, who shot her abusive ex-husband in May of 2012. No details of her story, which can be found by clicking “see email”, indicate that she is either a waitress or that her ex was fleeing a bus stop at the time of his murder. The false account with its half-a-million likes illustrates and cements the cavalier attitude towards the use of firearms and the vigilante mentality that is felt by many on the right towards theft. Apparently there is a lot to like about someone who murders purse snatchers.
The creator of this graphic, William Baldwin, used it first at Forbes.com in Novermber of 2012 to compare private sector workers with those he considered “dependent on the government.” Since then, it has been circulating in various forms and I received this one on February 20th. Baldwin’s idea of government dependency included pensioners, people working in the public sector (like me), and Medicaid recipients. I would not consider pensioners and people working in the public sector as “dependent on the government” as Baldwin describes, let alone as welfare recipients as this email claims. The idea that 11 states have more people on welfare than employed is flatly false.
The second part of this chain email comes from a Weekly Standard article, the same one we saw Huckabee citing only a few weeks ago. A simple Google search on the claims of the article (for example I tried “$168 a day”) will land you on every major conservative blog, that is perpetuating the idea. The problem with the article that we discussed before, is that it classifies 83 government programs as “welfare,” when most of them do not come close to fitting the definition of a handout like food stamps, that Conservatives decry for creating learned helplessness. These include education programs (one of which, TRIO is doing good work at my school), medical programs, adoption programs, etc. This disconnect cements the rating as False.