You can turn to almost any news channel or Facebook page and almost inevitably, there’s one Ebola-related story after another. From respected sources like the BBC or NPR, to the most wacko blogspam conspiracy sites, everyone is covering the Ebola news. After all, it is a hot story and everyone one wants in on their share of the ratings or web traffic. The conspiracy sites like Alex Jones’s Infowars and the far right are calling it a plot by their favorite villains to do anything from institute martial law, put people in FEMA camps, create mandatory vaccinations, and/or wipe out the world’s population.
As wacky as some of these stories are, the responses to them are even more bizarre, and disturbing. The fact that there are so many people out there that actually believe in some of these utterly insane conspiracy stories that make The Mind Unleashed look like a reasonable website is troubling, to say the least. While believing in things like the world is controlled by Jewish bankers, that vaccines cause autism or that the government is spraying mind control substances from commercial jetliners at 30,000 feet isn’t confined to one side of the political spectrum, conservatives have really flipped the hell out over Ebola.
Their responses have ranged from the accusations on Fox News that President Obama isn’t taking the crisis seriously, to the really far-flung stories from lunatic bloggers that this is part of a conspiracy to depopulate the world and impose a United Nations secret plan. Since part of my job involves spending a lot of time online and reading news stories, I’ve come across a lot of really crazy articles and comments on Facebook that reaffirm my belief that our country is suffering from a serious mental health crisis. Here’s the five craziest Ebola-related stories and comments that I have gathered for you to shake your head and laugh at.
5. There are quite a few certifiably insane right-wing pages out there that cater to the crowd that listens to Coast To Coast AM and believes Obama is a secret Muslim named Barry Soetoro sent to destroy America. They’re a pretty special bunch, and one website called “The Liberty Beacon” has finally uncovered the vast conspiracy behind Ebola, if you’re gullible enough believe them and also buy into their story that the federal government is ready to let ISIS kill 200 million Americans. Here’s their conspiracy about Ebola:
Ask yourself: If Ebola really was spread from person to person, instead of controlled spread through vaccination – then WHY would the CDC and the US Government continue to allow flights in and out of these countries with absolutely no regulation, Or At All? We have got to start thinking and sharing information globally because they do not give the true perspective of the people who live here in West Africa. They are lying for their own benefit and there aren’t enough voices out there with a platform to help share our reality. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, paralyzed and disabled by these and other “new” vaccines all over the world and we are finally becoming aware of it. Now what will we do with all this information? (Source)
If you read entire article, and some of the other ones on their website, it’s enough to make your head hurt trying to perform the same mental gymnastics that they do.
4. I came across this one in the comments section of a Facebook page for a Louisiana TV station (no, not KATC this time). I’m pretty sure that you can go onto any website or Facebook page that has an article about the Ebola outbreak in Africa and you’ll find at least one person just as badly in need of mental help as Diane here.
Diane is just one of many people who buy into the “Obama is going to kill us all” conspiracy spiel that has been going on for the last almost six years. You know, if he was the horrible, brutal dictator that they keep telling us he is, don’t you think he would have done that by now? Diane isn’t alone, there are thousands, if not millions of other people out there that believe these same crazy Ebola conspiracy stories – and there are plenty of folks out there that are catering to their delusions, for profit.
3. You might ask why I read what these obvious hucksters churn out regularly for their gullible, scared and delusional followers. The reason is that for every crisis, there’s always some people trying to cash in. Take for example this website which is promoting a checklist of essential survival products, all of which come from their online store or Amazon affiliates. This is a very real, and profitable niche market that folks who don’t even believe in conspiracy nonsense or prepper culture are trying profit from.
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