There have been some really nasty stories spread over the last few months, stories that take a kernel of truth and weave a tale of fiction suitable for a Hollywood screenplay.
It started in our neck of the woods with the Cullen Crisp campaign to unseat State Rep. Jim Keffer in the Republican primary.
Like a dog with a tasty bone, there are apparently, some folks who just won’t turn loose of it.
One can only assume that the same few people are behind the same old lies and tales.
One such example involves a recently published book touting the theft of Texans’ money to the tune of $1 billion. The poor soul who wrote it took an Internet scrap here, another there, an assumption somewhere else and wove it into a masterful piece of fiction. The problem is, the characters do not have fictitious names.
I haven’t read it because I’m not going to let this poor misinformed soul have my money, not gonna happen.
As I told one of the individuals who was slandered in the book, explanations are not worth much — friends don’t need it and enemies won’t believe it.
But there’s the other side, too, What about those who swallow the line of stink bait and run with it — and that’s exactly what it is, stink bait.
Far too many people are gullible, like the commercial, “They can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.”
The same goes for TV shows as well as print. Don’t let people do your thinking. Do the research from a trusted source, keeping in mind sometimes those sources might get it wrong.
There’s an old saying, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half what you see.”
The way rumors are, it is sometimes pretty sound advice.