LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — I had an opportunity to observe an 8-year historical record of commentary on Obama’s presidency and another featuring running commentary on sites devoted to an activity/profession that is quite often beyond the reach of anyone that isn’t a (usually older) white male. (This profession requires a degree of intelligence and is dominated by white males for no other reason than historical backwards thinking. People of color and women are needlessly still struggling today to make inroads.)
It was what you’d expect from such groups — here’s an example: “We have a fraud/ Muslim in the White House aided by his press (propaganda) pushing his way into position of that of a dictator. Sooner or later it will effect our [activity] . . .”
Eight years later, the patently false statements now stick out like a poke-in-the-eye. “Guaranteed” doomsday predictions never materialized. In fact, almost the opposite of what was discussed ended up being true. By literally not visiting the sites, a conservative likely would be a bit more informative on facts related to their own causes.
My summary: Did anyone learned anything? No, self-delusion prevailed. Any rational thinkers long departed as politics seeped into many areas supposedly off limits to politics. The status quo remained after 8 years.
Indeed with this particular group, a new discussion has started on current presidential politics, with the same people, some with newly created different usernames (I confirmed this with website owner), and we are seeing history repeating itself in real time — all the while keeping away many non-conservatives, people of color, and women — folks who would otherwise energize something that ought to be accessible to everyone.
It is my hope that women and people of color (and trans people, of course!) don’t be disillusioned by these bigots and find or create their own circle of friends and colleagues to enjoyably participate in activities you find dear to your heart!
Sometimes the self-deluded get whacked with karma set in motion by a fellow self-deluded:
This particular individual, “Bill,” a seemingly respected businessman in the sport, disparaged the “liberal media” on social media for years until the “liberal media” supposedly and “finally” published a piece that he liked, then he raved about it, giving it literally, the Mother of All Praises online. As it turned out, Bill actually committed the Mother of All Blunders, when the piece was later revealed to be a hoax pulled off by another self-deluded individual.
Here’s what Bill wrote earlier this Summer:
“Newsweek Closed Its Doors with a Slam at Obama
By Matt Patterson (Newsweek Columnist — Opinion Writer)
Newsweek Is Now History. The liberal Newsweek Magazine is going out of business, but not before it attacks the President. This is quite an article, even more so when you consider that NEWSWEEK finally had the guts to admit it. WOW! Newsweek COVER!!! It is their last cover before they fold. Also read the article at the end. AMAZING!!!
Finally, Matt Patterson and Newsweek speak out about Obama. This is timely and tough. As many of you know, Newsweek has a reputation for being extremely liberal. The fact that their editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama and the one that appears in the latest Newsweek, makes this a truly amazing event, and a news story in and of itself. At last, the truth about our President and his Agenda are starting to trickle through the protective wall built around him by the liberal media…”
According to Snopes, this article never appeared in Newsweek, nor is the writer a “columnist” for the magazine. The article was actually published in a right-wing rag 5 years ago. Newsweek, of course, is still in business. It is one thing to fall for a hoax, but it is another thing to believe your own lies and go to town with it.
At last check, Bill hasn’t owned up to the blunder after one person pointed it out to him several times. To him, perhaps, Snopes may be part of the “liberal media” he speaks of.
No self-deluded person will have read this article to this point, so I’m offering this for our own amusement, or for you to share as a last-ditch attempt to educate someone. Enjoy:
(Updated Aug 29, 2016. Clarified that there are several sites. Not just one.)
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