Stupid News Articles

In today’s rendition of “stupid news articles” I have three wonderful entries found via my Google News feed. I should note that the PHP code I wrote that aggregates these articles does so outside of my Google account; in other words, the rating algorithm is not unique to me… it’s optimized for general-interest.

1458625_881634774711_1441341013_nThe first headline comes to us from USA Today (on October 17th, just after the government shutdown “ended”). Thank goodness the panda-cam is back!!! Where else would I get my daily dose of cute?

1379865_881636720811_21857182_nUp next, a riveting piece by Forbes arguing that, if you disagree with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you must be a racist. There’s been some spectacular misinformation flying around about Obamacare, but this is just about as founded as the claim that girls have cooties.

1467315_881636740771_725116411_nFinally (and most egregious), I learned from the Washington Post that Lee Harvey Oswald was the founder of the Tea Party movement. Seriously, this one made me throw up a little in my mouth. I don’t care what you think of the Tea Party, tying any group of people to the hatred required for assassination is reprehensible.

I expect this kind of dibble from YouTube comments and Blog posts (yes, I know)… but these are all reputable, mainstream “news” organizations. I’ll end with one of my new favorite quotes:

“The irony of the Information Age is that it has given new respectability to uninformed opinion.” -John Lawton