Is there a specific term or actual word for someone who hears a rumor and without checking to see if it’s true, immediately repeats it as fact? If there is, it would fit perfectly the season we’re living in today. You’d think in this era of instant news and the availability of thousand’s of resources, via the internet, truth would be more easily available. But sadly just the opposite seems to be the case. Today, one ear hears it and within minutes many voices repeat it, with not one iota of research involved on anyone’s part.
This item, involving Pat Robertson, isn’t unique. It’s not even the biggest bunch of malarkey I’ve read today. But it is a case in point…
Televangelist Pat Robertson is joining the ranks of right-wing commentators who claim that the Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling vehicles and ammunition to use against Americans.
“Long trains full of armored vehicles, personnel carriers with armor, what are they for, the army going into battle against the enemy? They’re used by Homeland Security against us,” Robertson ominously warned. “Imagine what Homeland Security is doing is just awful and we’re going to talk about how much ammunition they’re stockpiling: who are they going to shoot, us?”
The conspiracy about secretive ammo stockpiling is completely unfounded.
According to the Associated Press, the ammunition is used in trainings for “tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers” and for the use of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. As Media Matters pointed out, DHS does own light armored vehicles for emergencies and raids on drug cartels, and the recent purchases of such vehicles were actually for the U.S. Marine Corps.
In fact, the conspiracy theory is so baseless that even the NRA has debunked it.
“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)