A van believed to belong to mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc. (MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- We’re all familiar by now with the inevitable rush to judgement when a big news story breaks--the alleged perpetrator is guilty or not guilty, the crime was motivated by this or that, the story is real news or fake news.
With so many platforms from which to instantly declare your ignorance, the notion of elusive truth and waiting to gather actual facts has seemingly become antiquated.
We saw this pathetic phenomenon in full bloom last week when those letter bombs starting turning up addressed to Trump critics.
A long list of people who make their living off partisan hot takes--the likes of Ann Coulter, and Lou Dobbs--wasted no time declaring it a so-called false flag operation, in which anti-Trump activists were the ones behind the terrorism as a way of damaging Republican chances in the midterms.
Then the suspect’s van turned up festooned with evidence of extreme, Trump-abetted hatred of Democrats and CNN. More evidence of a false flag, declared multi-millionaire troll Rush Limbaugh – those stickers looked too new and fresh, when they should have been covered with egg and tomato residue.
No, I am not making this up, he really said that.
Left-wingers do this sort of thing too--remember the 9/11 truthers?
But if you’re someone who prefers facts and wants to find the truth, I can’t blame you for wondering – why am I working so hard to sort things out when so many of my fellow Americans don’t seem to care?
Don’t expect the trend toward extreme gullibility to taper off. These are boom times for liars, and it’s oh-so-easy to bathe in the reaffirming cesspools they create.
I’m afraid you’re stuck holding out for facts and truth because it’s the right thing to do.
And if that isn’t enough, Lord help us all.
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