June 6, 2011 by esarsea
Posted via email from www.infowars.com. I’ll save my friend Bill some time and acknowledge that Alex Jones isn’t exactly mainstream. Regardless of the source, the article is food for thought.
Category: General BS
The evolution of online news went something like this, imo:
1995-Internet hits big, hurry, get out there and be a part of it or you’ll get run over! Click away and ride the Information Highway!
2000- Okay, maybe it’s not a good idea to take everything you read on the internet at face value.
2005- Doctors, lawyers and pharmacists warn clients and patients to stop taking advice from unknown web sites when it comes to legal matters, diagnosis of serious disease or treatment of those diseases.
2008-Obama becomes president and all hell breaks loose with political blogs, fake “news” sites, paid pundits and lobbyists trying to twist public opinion. Tons and tons of misinformation are put out there because by the time they are challenged and taken down, the damage is already done. Health care debate, immigration, Obama’s birth certificate.
2009-2010- The meme becomes, thanks to right-wing noise machine, that the “mainstream media” is lefty and unreliable and you won’t get the “real” news. You need to find obscure, short-wave radio operators (bloggers and hacks)in their tighty-whitey shorts, white athletic socks and dirty t-shirt eating a banana and typing away furiously at midnight in their basements. Where do they get their news? They take a sliver and make a tree out of it, in their minds. A reader searches and comes across the blog. It speaks to their point of view, so it MUST be true and accurate, even though the author has absolutley no credentials in that discipline, no training, no working experience, no insider-knowledge, they aren’t reporters and their idea of researching a stroiy is to build an opinion piece out of scraps of real information.
2011-More than ever, you must be cautious in getting your news and information from the internet. Lobbyists, corporate hacks, political influencers, public relations firms, you name it, are all very schooled in putting out messages on the internet to confuse, educate, influence, mislead, cover up, call you to action, buy stuff you don’t need, etc.
Now, for you, Stu, I have a question: I know you know all this already, so why would you submit to getting critical news about an incredibly important topic from a guy who makes a series of connections out of thin air? He takes an article in the Guardian and links it and uses much the same language as the article contains, BUT, he swerves off the road when it comes to the part about an e coli strain that is now resistant to 8 types of antibiotics. He makes the claim that it (resistance to 8 types) cannot happen in nature. How does he know? He cites no source or bio-research to back that claim. Haven’t we heard for years and years that the over-prescribing of anti-biotics all over the world since WWII was going to produce super strains of drug-resistant bacteria? Hell yes, we were! Then, here comes the hoax: Since the author has decided with the strength of his opinion alone, that bacteria that are resistant to 8 classes of antibiotics must have been lab-engineered, it must be a toxic-agent conspiracy, planted in farm-fresh food to get Europeans to be afraid of fresh food and natural supplements. Why? So people will buy more “dead” food. Why? Because he says so, that’s why. Next!
There you are! For what it’s worth I agree with you…but it’s no fun to share someone’s conspiracy theory with a disclaimer attached.
I do like this kind of stuff from time to time though, if for no other reason than to think about the possibilities. Although the author offered no collaborating research, etc., that in itself does not disprove his position either. Could it be possible? With apologies to Rowan & Martin, you bet your sweet bippy! Likely? No. Impossible? No…
Well, just for kicks I’ll add that it was announced in the newspapers this morning that the e coli outbreak that killed 31 and sickened thousdands originated in a single sprout farm in Germany.
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