Fake news is all the rage lately; however, it’s hardly new. After all, Eve did tell Adam that eating the apple would be just fine.
The fall of mankind is one thing; however, putting false information on the Internet is REALLY bad.
Case in point: Breitbart, the quintessential purveyors of right wing propaganda that rarely passes the sniff test. On Jan. 3, the Alt-Right website posted a story with the following scathing title:
REVEALED: 1,000-MAN MOB ATTACK POLICE, SET GERMANY’S OLDEST CHURCH ALIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
There are a few things wrong with this, besides the flagrant overuse of the bold uppercase font.
First of all, Breitbart – no doubt completely innocently – convoluted two different New Years Eve stories in Dortmund. The fire at the Reinold Church in Dortmund was caused by a stray bottle rocket that lit some construction netting on fire. It took Dortmund’s finest only 12 minutes to put it out, according to the local newspaper. Simultaneously, a mob formed at the main train station in a completely different part of the city according to the same newspaper. Unsurprisingly, fireworks were also in use at the mob scene, but no churches in the vicinity were reported harmed.
For the melee at the train station, watch:
Secondly, and most embarrassingly for Evangelicals, the Trier Cathedral is Germany’s oldest church. Built in 340 AD, it is 930 YEARS OLDER than the practically modern – by European standards – Reinold Church, which was completed in 1270 AD (bold uppercase font intended).
See if you can tell which is which from the photo montage below
Okay, the Reinold is on the right.
Lastly, Steve Bannon, former editor-in-chief of Breitbart and Donald Trump’s recently installed chief strategist, is an idiot. Okay, maybe he’s not an idiot, but in a recent CNN interview, he declared that “darkness is good,” and he went on to utter these immortal words:
“Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.”
Put that on a business card, and maybe a headstone or two while you’re at it.
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