By Nathan Barton
How stupid are we?
Coming across my desktop today (Monday, the 18th of January, 2016) was an article from Freedom Outpost News, in a link in an e-mail from the organization, one of the “alternative media” and generally libertarian (minarchist) in nature. The story was reposted from Shoebat.Com. That is a strongly anti-Islamic website.
The story reported that Muslims in Switzerland are demanding that the Swiss National Flag (a white cross on red) be replaced by something more “representative” of modern Switzerland, and reported that many Swiss were very upset and angry about the demand.
I started tracing it back through the links, finally arriving at the Aargauer Zeitung, a German-language Swiss newspaper, which originally reported the story about the demand to change the flag. But wait! It was reported by the Zeitung on the 18th of September, 2011. That is right: more than FOUR years ago. Published again as big, new news, intending to rile us up, on the 18th of January, 2016.
What kind of garbage do these news media, alternative or not, think that they can feed us? Are we stupid, gullible children, to accept this? Idiocy like this makes me sick, and makes ALL these websites worthless jokes. Can we believe ANYthing that they say?
Listen, all you idiots out there: DON’T PUBLISH SOMETHING THAT YOU DON’T RESEARCH! YOU are only trashing your own reputation, destroying your own credibility. If you want people to pay attention to your writing, your websites, and your recommendations, stop doing stupid things like this.
(Disclaimer: if ANY reader finds something that I’ve published that is wrong, or too stale (and I don’t point that out) PLEASE do so.
Mama’s Note: I completely agree. I do my best to vet things, but just don’t have the time generally to look at all the links. If you find something questionable, please let us know. Your comments are always welcome. We do care.