practicing what i preach (so i can avoid stupidity)

This is what I read:

At a meeting with the “Moms For Mitt” group yesterday outside Philadelphia, PA, Ann Romney was asked her opinion on Lilly Ledbetter and equal pay for equal work regarding women’s employment. Without hesitation she responded with another question that seemed to shock even the most staunch conservatives in the room.

“Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?” 

So I freaked out.  WTF!?!?  Is she an idiot?  How can she be so insane?  

What was the first thing I did?  I posted it on my Facebook with the comment “This can’t be right.  She couldn’t have said this.  Someone MUST HAVE made it up.”

And when I decided to Google this story to learn more… I found out that someone DID in fact make this up and that I was sharing something from Free Wood Post, a satirical news site I had never heard of.  The website’s disclaimer says,

Free Wood Post is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news.

Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction. is intended for a mature, sophisticated, and discerning audience.

How embarrassing.  For 2 minutes, I almost believed it.   It was a good wake-up call for me as I start my semester next week – teaching information literacy is CRITICAL.  Can’t let my students get “stupid information” like I just did.


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