First there was the “whitey tape” which would have allegedly confirmed that Michelle Obama was an angry Black militant. Larry Johnson, ex-CIA analyst and currently a security consultant, initiated the rumor about the tape. The rumor spread all over the internet and on to mainstream media. That tape was never produced as David Weigel wrote back in May of this year:
Johnson posted a video of a then-current Tennessee Republican ad attacking Michelle Obama, then continued his argument.
The post drew more than 600 comments and kicked off three heated weeks of blog-driven rumormongering which I recapped at the time for The American Prospect. One year later, no such tape has ever surfaced.
Then there was/is the “birther” controversies which in actuality has splintered into a few factions. We list three here:
- Birth Certificate
- Birth location not in the United States
- Citizenship Status
Now there is a fake “Obama Thesis” story floating around. Actually it was intentionally spread so that right-wingers could react predictably, and react they did:
Okay, let’s get you up to speed on the incredibly true story about how a bunch of right-wingers got taken in by some satiric blog post on Barack Obama’s college thesis, written ages ago, and frantically presented it as real.
Months ago, some blogger crafted a fake news story about how Time Magazine’s Joe Klein had obtained ten pages of a thesis written by Barack Obama, in which he wrote about how the Constitution was “inherently flawed.”
In the paper, in which only the first ten pages were given to the general media, Obama decries the plight of the poor: “I see poverty in every place I walk. In Los Angeles and New York, the poor reach to me with bleary eyes and all I can do is sigh.”In part, the future President blames this on the current economic system: “There are many who will defend the ‘free market.’ But who will defend the single mother of four working three jobs. When a system is allowed to be free at the expense of its citizens, then it is tyranny.”
Will those desperate right wingers ever learn that for the most part people are tugging their chain just to elicit the inevitable hysteria that always follows one of these “revelations?