Conservatives are truly some of the most gullible imbeciles on the planet. Even more so than the rioting Muslims who were convinced by fundamentalist manipulators that the United States was involved with, and approved of, the piece of junk film they’re rioting over. At least they have an excuse: they haven’t been exposed to the kind of media saturation we have and don’t have the widespread access to information necessary to suss out the truth. American conservatives can easily check the facts but it’s so much easier to believe whatever reinforces their prejudices. Especially if it makes Obama look bad, then you can tell them literally anything and they’ll believe you.
Case in point:
Early Thursday morning, conservative military bloggers began to float reports that the US ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, did not permit US Marine security guards to carry live ammunition. Within hours, this “no ammo” rumor in response to the embassy attack in Cairo lit up right-wing social media, with the allegation unquestioningly blamed on the White House. Conservative thought-leaders and pundits led the charge.
A single website, Nightwatch, made it up (unsourced, obviously) and spread it around. Right wing bloggers made sure it got out into the open and it is now a “fact” as far as the right is concerned. I have zero doubt it will get mentioned as a “rumor” on Fox and Friends and a few teabagger Congresspeople will mention it when they think no one is paying attention.
I wonder if angry American conservatives understand just how much in common they have with the angry Muslim conservatives they despise? How easily they are fooled and used by those who do not have their best interest in mind. I suppose they wouldn’t believe it anyway unless they heard it on Twitter first.