4 Common Myths Liberals Still Believe In

fact checkWe’re taking a week off from my series titled “The 5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week” while I rework the concept a little bit going forward. Instead, I’d like to substitute that list today with another one that sorely needs attention, since I see far too many people who call themselves progressives or liberals repeat these myths without fact-checking.

To paraphrase a comment from someone on Facebook, “Google before you share should be the new think before you speak” – how true that statement is. Oh yeah sure, we absolutely love to point and laugh at those crazy right-wing conservatives when they forward an article from the The Onion or Daily Currant as if it was real, but there are liberals who are also guilty of posting false information as real.

The following are four of the most common myths that I see repeated by liberals as factual that are completely false.

4. Information that comes from a liberal website or Facebook page is always accurate: On a regular basis, I see images with fake quotes attributed to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or other conservative figures circulated from pages like Stop The World, The Teabaggers Want Off that people actually believe are real. Here’s a perfect example from yesterday:

Image from the Facebook page "Stop The World, The Teabaggers Want Off."

Image from the Facebook page “Stop The World, The Teabaggers Want Off.”

I’m pretty sure that like many on the right, the left has its fair share of people incapable of fact-checking and who believe anything that comes from any source that labels itself as liberal – just as many conservatives believe anything that comes from Fox News or Tea Party News Network.

3. The Koch Brothers bought NPR’s silence: No matter what the issue, all you have to do is put the faces of Charles and David Koch or Sarah Palin on it and liberals will react whether they actually have anything to do with the issue or not. In this case, an image was circulated that claimed that the Koch Brothers had swayed NPR into not covering climate change thanks to a large, undisclosed amount of money. Snopes.com once again was quickly on the case and debunked it, but that didn’t stop the image from spreading like wildfire. Even if they had made this donation, NPR also gets a lot of funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, among many other donors that have left-of-center leanings.

2. Fox News has claimed it has the right to lie: This one made the rounds this summer, originating from a meme made by the Facebook page “Anti-Republican Crusaders,” along with a number of other variations of the same false statement from other liberal sources that didn’t bother to fact check.

Critics of Fox News not-so-fondly call the cable channel “Faux News.” But, according to an Internet meme, Fox not only admits it airs false news, it says it has a legal right to do so.

“Fox News admits they lie,” reads one version of the meme, “They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves.” (Source)

Politifact’s check of the claim is a long article, but worth the read. False or misleading stories are common, especially online, and liberals are also guilty of just plain making stuff up.

1. Fox News is banned in Canada because it isn’t real news: I see this one all the time and people could avoid making themselves look silly by simply Googling it. The first result I get is from Snopes.com and it states the following, bold emphasis is mine:

It is true that various sections of CRTC regulations prohibit the broadcasting of “false or misleading news” by radio and television licensees, and that in 2011 the CRTC declined to narrow those regulations to apply only to “news that the licensee knows is false or misleading and that endangers or is likely to endanger the lives, health or safety of the public.” However, it is not true that such regulations have kept the Fox News Channel from gaining entry into Canada, or that they were invoked to boot Fox News out of that country after the channel was established there. The CRTC regulations apply only to Canadian broadcasters using Canadian airwaves; they do not apply to the Fox News Channel, which is a non-Canadian entity transmitted via satellite and cable, not broadcast over public airwaves. (Source)

Snopes isn’t the only website debunking this totally false claim. Politifact also addresses it, but that doesn’t stop liberals making this statement, because they want to believe it is true.

I know quite a few people get upset at me for pointing out the flaws and the hucksters like Addicting Info on the left, but if we make excuses for the bad behavior such as believing blatant falsehoods and not fact-checking before reacting to stories, then aren’t we just as personally flawed as the Tea Party members we like to make fun of?


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