Right Wingers Quote Satirical OWS Story.
FreedomBunker.com, AdventuresInCapitalists.com, SayAnythingBlog.com (North Dakota’s “Most Popular” blog), Rick Perry, and others recently got trolled. Hard.
Anxious for any news to belittle the Occupy Wall Street movement, conservative writers jumped on a satirical piece published one week ago by Mark Schatzker, a writer for Toronto’s Globe and Mail, thinking that the outlandish OWS “quotes” were real.
The Article, which poked a little fun at the movement and at America for Canada’s superior social services went viral and was re-tweeted and shared inside the clogasphere. Somewhere on the line, the satire was lost, culminating in a fake quote being used by Presidential hopeful Rick Perry.
Poe’s law, ladies and gents, is in effect.
“It’s weird protesting on Bay Street. You get there at 9 a.m. and the rich bankers who you want to hurl insults at and change their worldview have been at work for two hours already. And then when it’s time to go, they’re still there. I guess that’s why they call them the one per cent. I mean, who wants to work those kinds of hours? That’s the power of greed.” – Jeremy, 38
“I was sitting on a park bench drinking a coffee and a reporter came up to me and asked me about Occupy and I was like, ‘What’s that? I’m just sitting here drinking a coffee. Who are these people?’ It wasn’t for another 15 minutes that I realized I was part of something bigger than myself, but by that point it was over.” – Tim, 44
“I remember when the radio reports went from saying ‘the marchers are heading down Bay Street’ to ‘the marcher is turning left at Adelaide.’ Some people saw this as a sign Occupy had fizzled, but to me it was this poetic reminder that all groups are made up of individuals. It’s hugely profound.” – Julie, 25
20 year-old Tracy, who couldn’t believe that, in just a week, the group achieved, “government-funded health care, a well-regulated banking system, and a cap on corporate political donations.” (Canada, of course, already offers all of this)
I never have enough time to do all the in-depth research of a story that I would like too, having to fit in being deployed to a combat zone into my busy schedule of blogging. But, I do try. The opposition should try just as hard. Research is FUNdamental.