Just how easy is it for the conservative propaganda mill to birth a scandal out of thin air? About as easy as it is for Donald Trump to spew lie after lie to his followers without ever being questioned. Let’s face it, the neo-con base is made up of idiots incapable of independent thought, who can’t be bothered to do a basic Google search before jumping on any bandwagon that supports hating the president and/or his family.
Case in Point: Recently the Conservative Tribune, an extremely popular right-wing rag, ran a story about the Navy’s “Go for Green” program, aimed at offering healthier meals to sailors based on a successful Navy SEAL program called “Fuel To Fight.” Under the program, which has actually been in effect since May and is nothing new, the Navy implemented a menu that offered healthier eating options than the traditional fried foods that dominated the galleys.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that deep-fried chicken and french fries will be eliminated and replaced with breaded versions baked in high-tech ovens. The ovens will not only provide a perfectly cooked meal, they will use no cooking oils, which will eliminate hours of scrubbing time, making galleys more efficient. The “speed line,” which is a buffet style quick grab will still be offered, but the unhealthy foods will be scaled back. The different colors of the stop-light will be associated with each choice, giving sailors the information they need to have a healthy diet and still get the calories and nutrients they need.
The U.S. Navy, you see, is interested in its sailors being in better shape, in its galleys operating more efficiently and in the end, a more cost-effective and overall better way of life for those spending months on end at sea.
Now, take notice of some of the particulars of the last few paragraphs, as they accurately depict the issue at hand. Some things to remember are “the Navy implemented,” “based on a SEAL program,” and “offered healthier options.”
Now take that information and translate it into “conservaspeak™” and you get this, printed by The Conservative Tribune:
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that at some point in the near future, fried chicken, french fries and other fried foods often served to hungry, calorie-burning sailors busy defending our country will be permanently banned from Navy menus.
Well that doesn’t seem like the same story at all, does it? Ray Mabus announced the death of fried foods in the Navy, depriving our hungry sailors enough calories to do their jobs? Now why the heck would some Navy bureaucrat do a thing like that? Our sailors need their food! Why, Ray Mabus…why are you determined to starve them?
For the propaganda, that’s why. According to The Conservative Tribune:
The brave, hard-working sailors who make up the ranks of the United States Navy were outraged after they learned of a coming food ban that may have been instigated by the gross overreach of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “healthy” eating agenda.
Well wouldn’t you know it. It’s all Michelle Obama’s fault! They even have a link to some bogus story about how kids across the country are getting a half a mushroom and a slice of cheese for lunch because of Mrs. Obama. I’ll bet those sailors are awfully upset that “Moochelle” has decided to stick her nose where it doesn’t belong to ban fried chicken on battleships. Let’s check what theTribune has to say:
Sailors aren’t happy about it, either. They used the Navy Time’s Facebook page to vent their frustrations, accusing Obama of using her influence to promote what she thinks is considered healthy eating, even though that’s largely not the case.
Now wait, does that say “not the case?” Well, why are they making a big deal out of it? Maybe clicking the link will explain. Maybe there’s more to this than Michelle Obama depriving our sailors of deep-fried skin and processed potatoes.
Nope. It takes you to a story about an 8-year-old who hates his school lunch. Some might call that kind of avoidance and deflection “deceptive.”
It matters not. The Post has done its due diligence and stated that Michelle Obama may not be responsible for the Navy serving better meals, in the middle of an article about how Michelle Obama took fried chicken from our sailors. They have quotes from disgruntled sailors and everything. At the end of the article, the comments from the neo-cons show just how dense these people are, with not a single one bringing up the fact that it took Snopes.com all of a week to hear about, research and completely debunk this story.
According to Snopes:
In regards to the claim made [by The Conservative Tribune], although first Lady Michelle Obama has been a leading voice in promoting healthier eating to combat obesity, she was not mentioned in the Navy Timesarticle or the “Go for Green” press release. Nonetheless, several people still took to Facebook to blame the First Lady for the announced changes to Navy food servings:
On 15 July 2015, the Conservative Tribune capitalized on this erroneous claim by publishing an article with the misleading title “Michelle Takes Food from U.S. Navy, Sailors Immediately Unleash THIS Response” — an article that provided no proof that Michelle Obama was responsible for the Navy’s menu changes and merely speculated that she “may have” suggested some healthier food choices.
The First Lady, however, is not in charge of setting nutritional policies for the U.S. armed forces.
It doesn’t matter. You’ll be seeing memes and delusional accounts of how this non-issue went down for years to come, because conservatives don’t care about the truth, they only care about keeping the base hating and voting for ignorance.
And that’s how a scandal is born.