There is a certain danger in relying upon information from a blog. That may seem an odd statement to encounter in a blog post. Even so, it is true, and there is no point in pretending otherwise.
I can tell you from personal experience that the necessity to produce content nurtures the tendency to regurgitate information found elsewhere without first digesting it. The danger in this practice is demonstrated in the child’s game “telephone.” When a group of children sit in a circle and pass a brief message whispered from one neighbor to the other, the content is often very different by time it gets around.
While engaged in my daily perusal of the blogosphere, I encountered a bit over at The Stir which I suspected to be the result of such a “telephone effect.” Writer Sasha Brown-Worsham took issue with an odd children’s book written by David W. Hedrick, a former congressional candidate from the state of Washington. Her criticism of Liberal Claus, an apparent twist on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas featuring President Obama in the role of the Grinch, was not what got my attention. It was a sentence which prefaced it.
Making fun of cancer patients was nothing compared to this [book].
Reading such a statement leads one to believe that Hedrick has made fun of cancer patients. This rose in my mind a pertinent question – has he?
Clicking through the link I found a post entitled “The Tea Party vs. Roger Ebert.” There I found that it was not Hedrick who made fun of cancer patients, but alleged “crazy tea partiers.”
It seems they’ve worked themselves into a tizzy over Roger Ebert’s comments on Twitter in response to the case in California where five kids were sent home early from school for wearing American flag garb on Cinco de Mayo.
CNN.com reported response tweets from the Tea Party Tweeters like: “I mean honestly. How many pieces need to fall off @ebertchicago before he gets the hint to shut the (expletive) up” and “You know, @ebertchicago, I’m not as expert on flag etiquette as you. Tell me, which do I fly when you die of cancer?”
At this point, as when I read Brown-Worsham’s implication that Hedrick made fun of cancer patients, I smelled a rat. The tweets in question were reprehensible, to be sure. But I had a hard time believing multiple Tea Partiers would stoop so low. So, I clicked through to CNN.
Movie critic and cancer survivor Roger Ebert has run afoul of some proclaimed Tea Party supporters and things turned ugly.
Gawker.com has some of the tweets which document the skirmish. It all started after Ebert took to Twitter last week to comment on a story about five teens who were sent home from their high school after wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.