Whoppers with Sleaze

I knew the amount of rightwing-generated smears about Obama was relatively high, but I didn’t know that it was this bad:

To keep on top of urban myths of all kinds, I subscribe to the Snopes.com update list, and I noticed a pattern there that I thought deserved to be examined more arithmetically. It struck me I was seeing a lot more rumors about President Obama, and a lot more false rumors, than I remembered from earlier years. So I ran the numbers, as of this week.

After eight years in the White House (with Snopes.com around all that time), George W. Bush has been the subject of 47 internet rumors. After less than two years in office, Barack Obama has been the subject of 87, or nearly twice as many.

Even more telling is the relative accuracy of those stories. For Bush, 20 rumors, or 43%, are true. Only 17, or 36%, are false. The remainder are of mixed veracity (4), undetermined (4), or unclassifiable (2).

In contrast, for Obama only 8 of the 87 rumors, or 9%, are true, and a whopping 59, or 68%, are whoppers. There are 17 of mixed veracity and 3 undetermined.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/26/10 at 09:16 AM • Permalink

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What pisses me off is that elected officials from the Right side of the aisle refuse to flatly denounce even the most ridiculous of these rumors.  McCain, during the campaign, didn’t know how to react so he was mealy-mouthed at best.  Since then we’ve gotten “as far as I know” or “it’s a legitimate question” or some other hedging crap.  I don’t know how the president keeps his calm; I’d have cursed, or punched, someone out by now.

One of the ripe rumors going around lately by email is that Obama’s real father was his white grandfather Stanley Dunham, making Obama and his mother siblings…or worse.

Of course, American Thinker was on it from the get-go.

Truly, AT is the Mos Eisley of degenerate, toxic wingnuttery.

I’ve been following the Snopes entries on Obama and frankly its very depressing. Many of them seem to have been made up with the sole intention of making people dislike Obama, and in many cases there isn’t even a shred of truth to them (often they will literally be the opposite of the truth). It makes me sad to think of the number of people who accept these stories unquestioningly.

On the flip-side, the wingnuts have now written Snopes off as a liberal disinfo site, since it refuses to validate their creepy obsessions.

One of the ripe rumors going around lately by email is that Obama’s real father was his white grandfather Stanley Dunham, making Obama and his mother siblings…or worse.

Of course, American Thinker was on it from the get-go.

Jack Cashill is the guy at AT pushing that rumor.  He’s also the guy flogging the theory that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s first book.

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