“Believe half of what you see (Even if its spat by me)”

There is so much misinformation out there, it’s almost overwhelming at times. I was just scouring the internets for some news on the Egyptian protests in Cairo when I stumbled across this article, which is titled:

EGYPTIAN MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER: “PREPARE FOR WAR WITH ISRAEL”

As Katt Williams would say, that immediately got my Spidey sense tingling. That seems like pretty big news. Why hasn’t CNN or or the WashPo or NY Times or even Fox News picked up on this story. After reading the first paragraph I understood why it had not been picked up, it’s not true.

“Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it’s eastern neighbor.

Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam, Mohamed Ghanem blamed Israel for supporting Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Ghanem also said that the Egyptian police and army won’t be able to stop the Muslim Brotherhood movement.”

First if there is such a video I would love to see it. Secondly the most inflamatory part of the article (the part in bold) lacks any quotations whatsoever. So now we lack actual video, audio or written transcript of what was said. As for the second paragraph that actually holds quotes, objective examination proves Ghanem’s assertion to be pretty benign.

The fact is that Israel, along with the United States and numerous other supposedly pro-democracy Western powers have supported the dictator Mubarak. Secondly the army and police probably can’t stop the tide that is rolling in unless the resort to the unthinkable and start firing on protesters.

I love reading comments. Thats usually the best part about any post, whether its viral video or completely made up blog posts, peoples reactions never dissapoint and this “news article” is no exception. Here are some of the jewels:

Nobarak08 said: Obama first speech in a foreign country was in Egypt. It was Obama’s sign to MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD that their time has come, for their father of all lies is about to be unleashed upon the world. The father of all lies is the devil and that is whom all Muslims pray to and for.

When*Pigs8Fly said: A couple of years ago I would have written you off as a crazy bigot, but after studying islam myself I am convinced it is evil and if there really is a devil then islam is surely his creation.

and my personal favorite

James said :This treasonous Coward some people call the President will someday go down as a traitor. The fact is, if Israel is attacked and can see no way out but it’s destruction, The Sampson Option WILL come into play. Israel will nuke the entire Middle East, From the Tigris to the Nile, Iran and Pakistan. India will then nuke Pakistan the the world grinds to a screeching halt. I can tell you how much I hate the Fraud in Chief and this administration anyway but especially for their complicity in all of this. If Socialist/Islamist riots come to the U.S. I will die a free man but a lot of these mongrel Socialists and Islamists are going down with me. A lot. I think we should go a head and just Nuke Mecca.

In his ‘Never Scared’ standup from ’04 Chris Rock dropped this jewel on the world (fast forward to minute 6′ in the video above), “Anyone who makes up their mind before they hear the issue is a fucking fool”. The way people consume information these days is incredibly scary. We have an unlimited library of information at our hands but we have been trained to consume without any analytical thought, not only are we given the news but then we are also told how to feel about the news, and thats in the best case scenarios. The worst case is trash articles like this that only serve to rile up an already paranoid and bigoted audience.

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