Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mass E-Mails: Which are True?

Originally posted on

Seen this one: Barack Obama carrying and reading the book "The Post-American World" with shock factor language to insight our American patriotic spirit.

Reality Check: Picture true.

The disturbing fact is that this was taken in Montana 2008, before the election and completely ignored. The author, Fareed Zakaria, is a huge Obama fan and fan of globalization. To quote Newsweek's review:

It's true China is booming, Russia is
growing more assertive, terrorism is a threat. But if America is losing
the ability to dictate to this new world, it has not lost the ability
to lead.

Thanks to Carolyn for sending this to me as we can see that the book does in fact fit the social and foreign policy agenda of the White House.

How about the Andy Rooney email, seen this one:


for him!!!


CBS let him get away with this even though he's

Andy Rooney

on '60 Minutes' a few weeks

(exerts from the email)

"Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game."

"When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities

where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability."

"We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they

could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations."

It's 100% false.

The origins date back to 2003 and this email was so widely circulated on and off again for a couple of years, Rooney actually issued a statement in 2005:

There's a collection of racist and sexist remarks on the Internet under a picture of me with the caption "ANDY ROONEY SAID ON 60 MINUTES" If I could find the person who did write it using my name I would sue them.

I recently received this from Brian, Bill and several others - nope, not true. Andy is intense at times, but this one is complete fabrication.

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