Right-wingers believe fake report that Obama has proclaimed “Muslim Appreciation Month”
A satirical website called National Report carried THIS LUDICROUS STORY the other day:
President Barack Obama held a press conference to announce that he is declaring the month of November ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’. “The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect,” Obama told reporters. “We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. They are not all bad. In fact most of them are good. So from now on, November will be a month to celebrate the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran.” Khaled Matei who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood‘s Freedom and Justice Party told CNN he is pleased with Obama and his actions. “I spoke with President Obama by telephone yesterday and personally thanked him for what he is doing for the Muslim community,” Matei said. “This is definitely a step in the right direction I explained to him. Praise Allah.”
Obama informed reporters about his future plans for helping Muslims around the world. “I will be working with Congress in making it easier for Muslims to earn a Green Card and achieve American citizenship,” Obama said. “Currently as it stands, obtaining a Visa or Green Card for a Muslim is very difficult. There are too many background checks in place and I plan to fix that.” Obama continued, “Muslims are hardworking people who are just looking to live the American Dream like the rest of us. Mr. Matei of the Muslim Brotherhood assured me they want to come to this country to help us, not harm us.” Obama finished the press conference by explaining to reporters how happy he is with America. “Folks, there is no way we could have had a ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’ 20 years ago. That really says a lot about the growth and progress of this great country.” ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’ begins November 1st and will end at midnight on November 30th. For any questions or comments please contact the 24-hour National Muslim Appreciation Hotline at (785) 273-0325.
[The phone number at the bottom of that piece connects to Westboro Baptist Church, the notoriously anti-gay outfit in Arkansas.]
If you Google the terms “Obama” and “Muslim Appreciation Month,” you’ll get tens of thousands of results, most of which link to websites where the presiding numbskulls don’t recognize the over-the-top satire in the National Report’s article.
And then there are humorless types like THIS GUY, who greatly resent such efforts to mislead the nitwits on the political right:
[W]hile the Internet gives a voice to any idiot with a keyboard and an idea, the work that those idiots produce in the name of being “funny” distracts from real, thought-provoking ideas, becoming the noise that scrambles the signal.
Such as with the National Report, which sounds enough like the National Review to give the illusion of credibility; or the Daily Currant, which is one letter away from becoming the name of a legitimate news source and not a berry; or The New Yorker‘s Andy Borowitz, who is a damn fine writer, but should have the same rules applied to him regarding satire as sex offenders get regarding schools (not allowed within 500 feet of, regarded with disdain and disgust for his past acts, etc.).
Satire should be biting—it should call attention to the main issue by distorting reality; it should at least sound smart; it should be funny; and (most importantly) it shouldn’t distract people from the point by stirring up outrage for page views.
And that’s the problem with these websites — they’re too desperate for attention to realize that they’re screwing themselves, their message, and incidentally, anyone who writes anything on the Internet.