Anatomy of a paranoid urban (or, in this case, rural) legend
Have you heard the one about how the Obama administration is using aerial drones — the same kind used to kill terrorists in foreign lands –to spy on farmers in Iowa and Nebraska?
Well, it’s all the talk of the right-wing grapevine these days.
Andrew Napolitano, a former federal judge who now bloviates for Fox News, says “bureaucrats gave themselves the authority to capture images of us in the privacy of our backyards.”
The message implied by Napolitano and scads of far-right bloggers (including one from which the image above was borrowed) is that a sinister black guy from the evil city of Chicago is using unmanned drones to plot against decent, God-fearing folk in the American countryside.
But, of course, it simply isn’t true.
As we see HERE, this “hubbub over nonexistent drones provides a look at something hard to capture in American politics: the vibrant, almost viral, life cycle of a falsehood.”