Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Idiot hunting only proves one thing

Following the most recent mass-killing tragedy, I'm seeing posts being passed around saying the murderer has a lot of sympathizers, such as this one by James Michael Sama and this one by a Tumblr feminist.

This should come as no surprise: Both posts cite comments from Facebook and other social media pages from a few members of the general public to try to claim that there is a large segment of the population that supports the killer.

As usual with idiot hunting posts, their screenshots of stray comments written by nobodies proves once again that yes, there are stupid people on the Internet. Notice they did not cite Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, George W. Bush, Howie Carr, Sarah Palin, Bill Maher, Herman Cain, Ben Stein, Rand Paul, Ted Nugent, or Ben Carson. That's because no one important said it.

As Kevin Drum said, they really proved the opposite of their point when they were forced to dredge through Internet comment sections to find examples of the view they want us to believe is common.

By the way, while activists are trying to blame sexism, misogyny and the men's rights movement for the killings, Chris Ferguson, an actual expert on mass killings, said the killer's mental illness is the real reason behind it.

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