The 5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week

ferguson-riotingThis is the fifteenth installment in our weekly fact-check series “The 5 Worst Conservative Memes Of The Week.” For last week’s installment, see here.

By now, most of you already know the background behind this series, why we do it, and the social media meta discussion involved – so I’ll skip the lengthy intro I’ve used in the past.

If you aren’t familiar with our weekly countdown and you are seeing this for the first time, please feel free to read through the fact check series. In case you’re wondering, we also do a monthly column featuring some of the worst liberal ones as well.

And now, on to the countdown.


5. The conservative media and blogosphere went nuts over Ferguson, and certainly made a ton of money off web traffic from all of the stories they ran pretending that there isn’t any problem with racism these days, and shooting an unarmed teenager was totally justified.

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It’s especially hypocritical for them to post this, because pages like Barack Obama’s Dead Fly that uploaded this image are all about racial tension and blaming everyone but themselves for America’s problems, because profit and self promotion. These are just a few of the awful conservative responses to Ferguson, I also had to leave out some of the most outrageous ones since the “internet gods” tend to get mad at me for posting them in articles.

4. Conservative Tribune had a field day with Ferguson, and as usual, make the statement that racism is only still an issue because of Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. While I’m not really fan of either of those two, nobody plays up to racism for profit like sites such as Conservative Tribune and the myriad of other sites in the same click bait and pander to bigots vein as them.

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Here’s a novel idea for the owners of Conservative Tribune and others like them – how about YOU get a real job which involves effort more intense than posting right-wing memes from other sites as your own, or posting links that are little more than a YouTube video with a couple of sentences typed around it?


3. Right Wing News and their website were also more than happy to cash in on the Ferguson news story, and promptly play the “why don’t they get a job?” card like conservatives love to do every time anyone who lives in poverty complains about injustice and inequality – whether the person complaining is actually unemployed or not.

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If you really want to lose faith humanity, click here to see the picture where they originally posted it, and the comments that followed. In the mindset of the simplistic conservative, if people just have a job, that somehow magically solves all their problems. It’s also the snarled response to any time someone points out that racism and police brutality are very real issues that minorities in America have to deal with. Plus, since they as white heterosexual Christians haven’t been discriminated against (while somehow being horrifically persecuted for the same thing), that somehow means that inequality and injustice aren’t a problem in this country. Get a job, if only it was so simple.

2. This meme popped up in my feed from where a friend of mine commented on it. This was posted by a page called “Liberty Memes” which is more of a libertarian page than your usual pandering conservative one.

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Right, because providing birth control and other women’s healthcare which includes the occasional abortion (3 percent of total services, in case you’re wondering) is exactly the same as police officers gunning down young black men. False equivalency much?

1. This image was making the rounds due to the protests in Ferguson over the refusal of the grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. While I personally don’t think rioting helps the cause, I can understand why they did and that anger isn’t always rational. Anyhow, a bunch of pages passed this off as their own and it was a viral image that I saw a friend comment on from a page called “Grunts” referring to infantry in the military.

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82 million servicemen and women died for your freedom? Not even close, try about one and a quarter million total over the last almost 240 years, with half of those coming from the Civil War (1861-1865). Any casualty of war is regrettable, but 82 million? We’d have an Arlington Cemetery in every major city if that was the case. Seriously, does anyone ever fact check something so ridiculous before sharing it, let alone uploading it to their page?

The sad thing is that no matter how many times Politifact or other websites debunk something, people will still believe it, because they want to. You can put facts and figures in front of them and confront them with the reality of a situation all day long, and they’ll still put their fingers in their eyes and scream “Benghazi, birth certificate, Muslim! Benghazi, birth certificate, Muslim! Benghazi, birth certificate, Muslim!” all day long.

And that’s it for this week. Join us next time for 5 more of the dumbest, most ridiculous conservative memes that we’ve found floating around social media. As always, remember that just because they put something on the internet, that doesn’t mean it’s true, or intelligent. Just ask the few people who were duped into watching Kirk Cameron “save” Christmas in a movie that makes the Hallmark Channel look like a Spielberg production.

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  • Jillz

    For next week, how about two fake pictures currently circulating on social media.

    One is of a murder suspect by the name of Joda Cain (accused of murdering his grandmother) and is being passed around as if it is a picture of Michael Brown. Presumably, this fake picture “proves” that Michael Brown was a thug who deserved to be gunned down without benefit of a trial.

    The other picture is of motocross rider Jim McNeil, shown in hospital after a crash in 2006. This picture is being passed off as Darren Wilson in hospital recovering from his “injuries” following the shooting of Michael Brown. I guess this one is supposed to “prove” that Darren Wilson was viciously attacked by Michael Brown (so therefore, was justified in gunning him down).

    Pictures like these leave me wondering: if the facts are so “true”, why do they need to be “proven” with lies?

    • Jennifer

      Sorry, but he was a thug and so is his mother, and he was shot when charging an officer; both forensic and eye-witness evidence proves this. You’re gonna hold a torch, hold it for something accurate.

      • Jillz

        This page of the blog is for debunking lies found circulating on social media.

        Regardless of your opinion on the personhood of Michael Brown, (or his Mother) … (his Mother??? Really?)

        … but regardless of how you feel about the Brown family – the photo circulating on social media is a fake – that’s accurate and it’s why I posted my suggestion in the first place.

        Tell me something – do you support citizens being tried, found guilty and executed on the spot by police instead of going through due process? Because that’s what you’re supporting (regardless of whether MB was a thug or not). Just something to think about!

      • Jennifer

        Do you believe in police officers using self-defense? Something ELSE to think about. And yes, REALLY, his mother.

      • Jillz

        Yes, I do believe in officers using self-defense – they have very dangerous jobs and have to know how, and be willing to defend themselves.

        Now, how about you answer MY question?

        Do you support citizens being tried, found guilty and executed on the spot by police instead of going through due process?

      • Jennifer

        This wasn’t a case of justice, it was a case of self-defense.

      • Jillz

        That wasn’t my question. I had the courtesy to respond directly to your question – perhaps you can do the same and respond to mine?

        Do you support citizens being tried, found guilty and executed on the spot by police instead of going through due process?

    • Most sensible people don’t help circulate memes that appear to have fake photos. Most highly circulated conservative memes eventually reach my feed, and I have yet to see these. When I do notice the fakes, I point them out. We often discover that the most blatant of the lies were created by left-wing fake conservative trolls. I have even seen them discussing such tactics in liberal groups.

      • Jillz

        These memes were circulating months ago – I saw both of them on my feeds around the time of the Michael Brown shooting and posted them here with a suggestion to debunk them. I really don’t know who creates memes like these, or what their purpose is. I have never seen a discussion (left or right) about creating fake memes.

      • Their purpose is simply to make the Left or the Right look bad as a group. The fake conservative trolls, for example, often post comments (or fake memes) while posing as racist Republicans. There is information out there…..it’s easy to dig it up with a search. I wish more people knew about it. It is becoming more common up and down the political spectrum. Anything that seems really far-out should be considered suspect.

      • Jillz

        It’s getting harder and harder to take any media seriously. In any case, I still say, if the truth is so true, why are lies needed to support it?

        This is such an aggravating era. It’s like truth and facts are debatable, and ethics don’t seem to matter much.

  • Michael D. Rich

    Tea bag racists are the real trash…they make assholes look good. Spreading the lies & hate that has existed since I was a child in Texas…which is full of these character less snakes. They continue to show their their fox watching buddies the red meat racism they love…sad excuses for human beings… never let these fuckers play the victim…they are the cause of hate in America.

    • I am no longer amazed by the vile, hateful comments and posts I see in the liberal circles. I do, however, find it funny that so many liberals still believe Palin really said she could see Russia from her house.

  • BobJThompson

    The propaganda for the age. Difficult to fact check. Easy to push lies. Quick blurbs of “info” for the angry flag waving patriot on the go. Try MEME today.
    Now that that’s out of the way. I do have some words for #5. Al Sharpton really needs to do something other than be the ambulance chaser of racial issues. I get that he comes by to help heal or whatever, but he might get people to take him more seriously if he was as loud before situations get out of hand. Do something raise black people up not just insert your face every time something goes horribly wrong.
    The other part of the meme and the one that has me more fired up, that scripture. Coming from fundamentalist Christians. Seriously?! Taking a message of love and twisting it around to fear and intolerance. These modern-day Pharisees are exactly what the quote is about. They hate everyone who isn’t like them. They worship at the feet of the money changers. They even live in constant fear of the glorious rapture, which isn’t even really mentioned in the bible. And before I hear the same old poor persecuted cries of the fundies, remember I don’t hate you. Just like a kid getting picked on by his older brother “Stop hitting yourself.” (gays, rich worship, end-of-the-world-sturbation, you know the rest)

  • Jennifer

    “Right, because providing birth control and other women’s healthcare which includes the occasional abortion (3 percent of total services, in case you’re wondering) is exactly the same as police officers gunning down young black men. False equivalency much?”

    Actually no, you may wish to look up just how many abortions have been done in the black community; quite ironically, just what Sanger would have wanted. I appreciate some of your unbiased points, but this meme thing is one-sided as well as at least partially inaccurate.