Conservatives Will Basically Believe Any Meme They See
User-generated content is often untrue. And since sixty-three percent of both Facebook and Twitter users get news on social networks, we have to remind ourselves that.
“There are responsible news shows that deliver that content to you and memes that are just totally wrong,” confirmed Young Turks host Cenk Uygur.
"Texas state agriculture commissioner Sid Miller posted a fake photo of President Barack Obama holding up a Che Guevara T-shirt late Tuesday on Facebook (and ‘laughing at us’) alongside a critique of the president's decision to continue his Latin America trip after deadly terror attacks in Brussels,” explained Uygur.
Except, as the Houston Chronicle pointed out, the photo of Obama that Miller posted is a doctored photo taken during Obama’s visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. The T-shirt Obama held up in the original photo was printed with equations.
In other words, the Obama Che shirt is completely false.
So many people think whatever they read on social media is true. But even so, there is a vast disparity in truth between Democratic and Republican memes.
“Now when you look at the Republican memes… madness," said Uygur. "If they’re not doctoring things to show pictures that are untrue, there’s racial references to President Obama and then made up facts about blacks, Muslims, Mexicans. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a right-wing meme that wasn’t a lie. I’m not saying they don’t exist—but I’ve never seen one that I couldn’t disprove immediately.”
Watch the full segment below: