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Where do bogus right-wing email forwards come from?
August 15, 2007 9:39 AM   Subscribe

Where do those mysterious right-wing email forwards come from? You know the ones I'm talking about- you get them from an uncle, mailing list, or old high school friend. They're full of factual holes, falsely attributed or apocryphal quotes, or unfunny "rants" incorrectly attributed to comedians like Dennis Leary or George Carlin. Even though we're all aware of them, they are treated as if they exist "outside" the public square, deserving almost no press coverage. They're far more of a right-wing phenomenon, too, with few exceptions, in my experience. Not to get all weird about it, but where do they come from? Does anyone else suspect they mostly start with PR firms paid by PACs or politicians? It's hard to imagine Jane Citizen sitting down to crank out an email full of fabrications for her friends & family, or to expertly photoshop a picture of John Kerry with Jane Fonda. Does anyone else find this suspicious and frustrating?
posted by paul_smatatoes to Society & Culture (3 answers total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: this is a chatfiltery rant disguised as a question. please rephrase it as a problem you're trying to solve and ask again later.

 
It's hard to imagine Jane Citizen sitting down to crank out an email full of fabrications for her friends & family, or to expertly photoshop a picture of John Kerry with Jane Fonda.

Why is that so hard? People on Metafilter make shit up all the time, sometimes in great detail (generally for a left-leaning viewpoint, though).

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
posted by nasreddin at 9:44 AM on August 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Do you have any examples of that, though?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 9:46 AM on August 15, 2007


I've never gotten one of those emails.
posted by aubilenon at 9:53 AM on August 15, 2007


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