As an amusing intellectual exercise I had a quick trawl through the Snopes site to see what the balance of urban legends was like for each side. Here’s the count:
[li]True - 1[/li][li]False - 2[/li][li]Mixed - 0[/li][li]Undetermined - 0[/li]
[li]True - 3[/li][li]False - 23[/li][li]Mixed - 9[/li][li]Undetermined - 2[/li][/ul]
[li]True - 1[/li][li]False - 1[/li][li]Mixed - 1[/li][li]Undetermined - 0[/li]
[li]True - 3[/li][li]False - 7[/li][li]Mixed - 1[/li][li]Undetermined - 3[/li][/ul]
For the record, “Mixed” largely refers to those emails which include multiple claims or quotes, or which include real or partially real material which is then misrepresented in some way. Also, I’ve excluded one UL from each, one about McCain not getting a pension after leaving the Presidency (because it was essentially neutral as well as being wrong) and one about a sign some guy made about Obama (because it wasn’t about Obama himself - some guy did make a funny sign and that’s it).
So. On positive messages circulating, they’re about even in all categories. Ditto on “Negative - True” and “Negative - Undetermined” ones. But WTF is up with the sizable gap in false smears? 23 to 7? Plus 9 to 1 on emails which are mostly people misquoting or mislabelling photos? What’s up with that?
I mean, I’m not letting the Obama supporters off the hook here either - most of the fake smears against the McCain campaign are aimed at Palin rather than McCain himself, and I would have thought there was enough actual material about the woman to remove any need to make stuff up - but come on. I’m calling shenanigans here.
If you’re one of those people circulating these emails: knock it off, you lying fucks. If you can’t make a real case against your political rivals, maybe you shouldn’t be opposing them.