Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fighting Over Fake News


Last night my husband and I had a 100% real argument over what turned out to be a 100% false news story. I read online that Obama's mother-in-law would be receiving a lifetime pension of $160,000 annually for having worked as a full-time caretaker to her two granddaughters while living at the White House for eight years. Disgusted by this revelation, I embarked upon a mini-rant about our despicable government, especially that mooch Michelle Obama whose mother lived in the lap of luxury for eight years on our dime and wasn't that enough? Besides, how hard was it to take care of two teenage girls who were gone most of the time, either at their expensive private school or jetting away to Hawaii and Spain and Martha's Vineyard with the greedy First Lady anyway? (Michelle took her mother along on several of these trips, including a 2010 trip to Spain that cost taxpayers at least $487,000 and a 2011 trip to southern Africa that cost at least $424,142. The cost estimates were uncovered by Judicial Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog group.)

Mitch, who lives to take the opposing side in any argument especially if it's with me and missed his calling as a prosecutor, seized the opportunity to jump on me for being "so negative." As usual he was able to come up with a way to legitimize such bullshit -- you know, look at the bright side, whereas I hate the bright side, far preferring either the wild side or the dark underbelly.

Still pissed off this morning, I researched the story and found that it was a bit of what is now called, in polite company, "fake news." It originated on a fake website called the Boston Tribune. In the heat of our our argument last night I may have said some mean things to Mitch. I'll just tell him those were fake emotions.


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