on a recent sunny Saturday, an Americans for Prosperity sponsored anti-tax rally took place on the Capitol Square in Madison. Camera in hand and curious, I decided to observe the event. Iâ€™ve never spent any time listening to â€œThe Other Sideâ€ on right wing
talk radio, and boy, did I get an earful.
I was absolutely astonished as I listened for fifteen minutes to hate-filled, inflammatory lies from one of the speakers. At one point, when he mentioned the millions of dollars worth of damage union thugs had inflicted on our Capitol, I burst out with a â€œthatâ€™s just not true!â€
The guy standing next to me said, â€œWell it was a couple hundred thousand.â€ (According to a recent statement by the Walker administration, the Capitol sustained no damage, rather $200,000 of â€œaccelerated wear and tearâ€”seven million was the original damage claim.)
â€œSo you agree that was not a true statement,â€ I said.
His reply still puzzles me, â€œWell they killed a ladyâ€™s puppy.â€
Iâ€™m dismayed at the misinformation that is used to simply rile people up. As Iâ€˜ve said many times, Iâ€™ve been at the Capitol on almost a daily basis for over a year and have followed debate and legislation closely. I was there at the rallies listening to the speakers on â€œOur Sideâ€. I never heard anything mean or inflammatory. And to the best of my first-hand knowledge, the statements were true. That doesnâ€™t mean we werenâ€™t angry, but we were dismayed by real events, not lies.
How do we help people check out their sources of information, and how do we end the divisiveness of hate-filled talk radio?
And here is a great link...
http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/04/11419/incredible-shrinking-75-million-damage-tab-wisconsin-capitol-protests read about it here or in the comments section.