Consider the source

Scan_20160213 (2)A common phrase, and one that I believe is losing it’s meaning.  I’ve recently seen articles on Facebook with some very disparaging remarks, claiming politicians and other celebrities have said some racist and/or truly awful things.  These links are met with many, many comments, horrified at the targeted person for saying such awful things.  It seems fewer and fewer folks look to see where the link came form.  Certainly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that if the source is “The Onion” or “Satira Tribune” there is a strong possibility (actually a certainty) that the story is apocryphal.   If there is one helpful thing you could do for facebook, it would be to take just a second or two to google the source of the thing you feel you must share, and see if there is any truth to it.  I know the “fake news” is a huge thing right now, but we all seem very willing to believe anything, and it doesn’t take much to check a source, check with Snopes, and see if something at least has somewhat of a foundation in truth.  Please don’t tell me “Well, he/she could have said that!” or “It sounds like something he/she would say!”  That doesn’t count, you should only get blamed for the actual things you say and do, not the things you could have said and done.  If you see a post with numbers and percentages about who does what or how many of something do these people have, how much crime, guns, chewing gum, whatever, it’s pretty easy to check a few sources and see if there is any truth to it.  Just do a quick check before you click.