I’ll mention Obama, but only as an example. This is not meant to be an Obama thread.
At another website I see:
[ul][li]Obama is a Muslim[/li][li]Obama is not a U.S. citizen[/li][li]Obama is a socialist[/li][li]Both parties want to take away our freedom[/ul][/li]I’m not entirely sure what they mean by those last two. ‘Socialist’ like Soviet Russia or East Germany? And what is this ‘freedom’ they talk about, anyway?
More than that, there have been many ‘urban legends’ they’ve bought into. Not ‘urban legend’ as in ‘Guy wakes in a bathtub without a kidney’, but more along the lines of ‘So-and-so said this’ or ‘This company did that’ or ‘Check out this video of a bear driving a car!’. Obama’s citizenship and religion are easily found out. The various ULs can easily be debunked by checking Snopes.
But even when provided evidence contrary to things they believe they dismiss it and state more rudely that the falsehood is true. I can understand it when the subject is religion. That’s one place where facts will only make people angry.
Now, Conservatives are not the only people taken in by things that aren’t true. I saw that video of the airplane losing its wing. (I only saw it once.) Given that some airplanes can fly on their sides, using the fuselage for lift while the wings basically act as vertical stabs, I thought it was plausible. I started a thread on it. I was immediately shown an earlier thread, and I saw that the video is a hoax. Did I say, ‘No! Airplanes can do that!’? No, I accepted that I’d been fooled.
There have been any number of threads here where someone says, ‘Wow! Look at this!’ or ‘Did X really happen?’. Information is provided and ignorance is fought. Conservative or Liberal, at this site people accept facts. But elsewhere, for whatever reason, people dismiss the facts and continue to believe what they believe. There are Liberal wackos who believe Conspiracy Theories, but in my non-expert, non-scientific observations it seems that most of this credulity is on the part of people who tend to lean Conservative.