In FRT today, I first mentioned a story about Fox News that turned out not to be true. I took it out as soon as I realized.
Normally, I factcheck everything before I hit publish, but today I was in a hurry so I checked after.
I seriously hate when I do shit that I constantly criticize other people for doing. Like watching The Bachelor or eating at Chick-Fil-A or sleeping with Republicans. (I really only do one of these three things.)
Which brings me to this. Normally, I catch when things are snarky or satirical. I never read articles from The Onion and think they're true. I never read posts on Facebook and automatically believe that Morgan Freeman said whatever wise thing he's supposed to have said about a current news event. But today I read this story about Fox News and it sure seemed like something that would happen so I went with it.
Did I not immediately question it because it supported my worldview?
That's the problem with all of us, really. We want to believe things that make our opinions and feelings seem valid.
I like to have proof that the people I think are douchebags are actually douchebags. I like to have evidence that someone I called an asshat is, in fact, an asshat.
But I hate with a passion spreading false information.
So I'm seriously annoyed with myself right now.
I still think Fox News sucks, though.
But now I know I suck a little bit, too. Dammit!