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Another Ridiculous Baloney Email- Obama the Racist (Coil of Rage)

14 July 2011 at 9:53:12 AM

Got sent an email last night entitled "Coil of Rage" that purports to be racist statements Obama made in a couple of different books. The theme of the email is, basically, that Obama is a racist, against white people, and his allegiances lie with Muslims. Reminds me of an email I got a few years ago that was ALSO a ridiculous email about Obama and the Christian Nation.  I assume that the people that send out stuff like this do it to be social, or because it fits some pre-conceived notion they already have,  and not because they care if what they're sending is truthful.  Almost always there's something on the email, chain letter style, that says to send it out to everyone they know, and that is usually a person's entire email address book.

In the last two messages of these type, there have been what I will call preemptive snopes references. I think everyone knows, or at least a lot of people do, that snopes at is where you look to see if what you are being sent in mass emailings is true or not. It takes me about 30 seconds or less to go to snopes and search for some phrase from the email to find a reference to any given chain letter email. And that was true for this one.

Here's what these email chain letters do, at least the last two I have received. They put a statement towards the top that tries to tell people what snopes said without giving the link. On the Coil of Rage email:

Snopes says “Mostly True” but gives a LONG defense of the statements.

and then the email launched into a whole bunch of statements Obama purported to be making, which Snopes debunks because, except for the few he didn't even make, they were taken out of context.

I assume that when the man who sent me this got the email, he read the comment about Snopes but didn't look it up to see what it said. Otherwise, there's no way he would have participated (I hope) in sending out that garbage email because it was clearly a smear. It's as if the Appeal to Authority via a Snopes reference takes out the need to actually LOOK UP THE SNOPES REFERENCE AND READ IT. Was it the "Long defense" that decided the sender not to look it up? Except that the email itself is LONG. If he had looked at Snopes, would he have sent this anyway because it fit his mental picture of Obama being a racist?

I was trying to figure out how not to offend the man by telling him to go READ SNOPES, so I merely sent him back the link to the snopes Coil of Rage article and told him that the original sender of the email must have left that out.

I got another chain email about something else entirely a week or so ago and the email said, at the end "Please Pass This Along. You can go to snopes to verify". Well, I did. And snopes said that the email was not true (it was about putting your pin number in backwards at an ATM machine). That's what bugs me. It's as if BECAUSE the emails reference snopes, it's not necessary to verify that what the email says is true or not. As if one should just believe some anonymous chain letter email being sent and pass it along to a bazillion people

And I believe that it is not accident that the snopes references are put in the emails, to quiet any doubts the one who wants to be pass this along might have. Why bother to see if it's true because the dang email from some unknown, anonymous sender says that snopes says it's true or that it will take a LONG time to read.

Look. It takes 30 seconds or less to go to snopes to see if the email you are being sent is true. If you go look and it's baloney, DELETE the email and don't send it.



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1 - humanbeing   14 Jul 2011 @ 9:29:21 PM 

I'm completely with you, salon. All this trash, I noticed, started back around the time of the last Presidential election and I, like you, didn't buy it. I'm not at all timid about replying with the factual information when someone sends me one of these 'hatemails'. Unfortunately, many people are like sheep and want to be told what to think.

People may not like our President but no one could ever convince me that he is some kind of hater. Come on now.

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2 - Audrey K. Rogers   13 Aug 2011 @ 7:19:59 PM 

Salon:  Thanks for your post.  I did not vote for Obama, and I will not.  However, it pains me to see gullible people forwarding e-mails that have no apparent verity in them.  For example, the "Coil of Rage" e-mail gives no page number where it is located in Obama's book, nor does it give the context.  That immediately raises my hackles!  DOCUMENT your accusations or refrain from spreading them, I always say.   Cheers!

3 - humanbeing   13 Aug 2011 @ 9:15:42 PM 

Freedom = Responsibility. That means every one of us will have to do the work to sift through all the junk in order to form reasonable opinions. Only then can we have intelligent discourse about our problems.

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4 - openeyesopenmind   16 Oct 2011 @ 10:49:59 PM 

I am courious.... I get these hatemails pretty often,and  they are always right wings smear campaigns.

Mostly I just delete them, as they are usually very easy to debunk, but a waist of time trying to debate the point with the average email forwarder. (Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.)

I really wish I knew who was behind these emails. I my opinion, they are way too deliberate and consistant to just be random people blogging their opinions. And I don't really see the same type hatemail eminating from the progressive side of the political spectrum. (Maybe I am missing out on those, I do not know)

So, does anyone know who creates these type emails? Are they eminating from political think tanks? Are they a deliberate strategy from the right?  Or is that just too conspiratorial to consider, and they really are just from ill-informed people? Does anyone have any idea? I'd love to hear some thoughts about this.


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