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Wingnuts Confirm Falsehood of Rumor They Started

Chris Rodda tells the full story of how the right wing media started a false rumor that Mikey Weinstein had become an adviser to the Pentagon in an attempt to destroy religious freedom for Christians in the military — and then debunked their own false story.

On April 28, breitbart.com started a rumor — Mikey Weinstein had been tapped as a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance.

Other articles quickly followed:

May 1: “Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
May 3: “Pentagon Defends Unconstitutional Policy Against Soldiers Sharing Faith
May 7: “Pentagon Began Relationship with Anti-Christian Extremist in 2009
May 7: “Congressmen Probe Religious Bigot’s Influence at Pentagon
May 8: “Senators to Hagel: Explain DOD Policy on Religion
May 11: “Congress Must Tell Pentagon to Protect Troops’ First Amendment Rights
May 13: “59 Congress Members Demand Hagel Explain Meeting with Anti-Christian Extremist
May 13 “Congress Investigating Obama Admin’s Hostility to Religion in the Military

FOX News also joined in, of course, as did other right-wing media outlets, such as WorldNetDaily, and the rumor spread and got bigger, with Weinstein even becoming an anti-religion advisor to President Obama himself.

But then a bunch of Christian right groups demanded a meeting with the Pentagon to discuss the false story and proudly announced that it wasn’t true — while blaming Mikey for the rumor they had started:

In addition to their email blast’s blatant admission that this religious liberty stuff is really all about the god-given right of military Christians to bash the gays, the AFA made a point of letting its followers know that they had “specifically expressed alarm at the undue influence on the military of noted atheist ‘Mikey’ Weinstein with whom the Pentagon has met on a number of occasions,” and that they had been assured by Air Force officials that “Weinstein’s self-proclamation of influence is greatly exaggerated and that the Air Force no longer returns his phone calls.”

Weinstein’s self-proclamation of influence is greatly exaggerated? Wait a minute! It was breitbart.com that started the rumor that Mikey Weinstein had become a Pentagon consultant!

Planet Wingnuttia has reverse causality, you see.

Comments

  1. Loqi says

    Mikey Weinstein is an extremist? How many buildings has he blown up? How many clinics has he burned down? How many lives has he threatened?

  2. says

    dan4:

    I know you try , really, Realy, REALLY try to appear NOT look like a fucking ReiKKKwing tool, but it’s nonsense like your comment above that make all that dishonest labor go for naught.

    I mean, you do know that Weinstein is a single man whose influence is um, fucking DWARFED by that of other “persons” like FuckTheNew’sCorpse and other happy-go-lucky ReiKKKwing chatterboxes, yes? And, if he is nuts (the facts backing that are not in evidence) than his little bucket of crazy is lost in the oceans of ReiKKKwing teh Batshit KKKrazzee. I know that makes your head spin, but that’s the way reality works.

  3. says

    But then a bunch of Christian right groups demanded a meeting with the Pentagon to discuss the false story and proudly announced that it wasn’t true — while blaming Mikey for the rumor they had started…

    Yep, another shining example of how religious people spread God’s truth to the world.

  4. zenlike says

    But, but, but… he wants non-christian soldiers to have the same rights as christian ones… if that’s not extremist then what is?

  5. exdrone says

    Here’s the problem. When the christian right orders Obama to go back in his time machine to stop these anti-christian crimes and he does it, the evidence that the incident occurred disappears. But you can tell it’s correct if it feels right.

  6. zero6ix says

    File this one under “Lying for Jesus”. Add a sticky note stating that it also could fit under “Lying for Jesus, but the Devil made me do it.”

  7. freehand says

    dan4: The Pentagon shouldn’t have met with Weinstein at all. The man is certifiable, a real loose cannon.

    Cites?

    And please provide one example of an act which you would describe as being a loose cannon.

    From the Urban Dictionary:
    loose cannon:
    In the days of sail, naval vessels mounted cannon carefully and purposefully rigged into positions which optimised the effect of their fire. Occasionally, the rigging of these very heavy guns might come loose, and with the vessel pitching about on high seas or during manuever in battle, the results for the ship and crew could prove catastrophic. The term has come to describe a person lacking prudence or insight, whose actions and/or speech jeopardises the safety of people in their proximity or under their authority.

  8. Michael Heath says

    dan4 writes:

    The Pentagon shouldn’t have met with Weinstein at all. The man is certifiable, a real loose cannon.

    I’m fairly good at avoiding my reading your comment posts. I really wished I’d have been successful with that on this particular post.

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