I witnessed something interesting.
Someone posted a screenshot of some text, a transcript of an interview with Trump, in which the president mentions how balloons are so majestic because nobody knows how they stay afloat. It got thousands of retweets. Shortly after, a follow-up tweet was posted, by the same person, stating it “was a parody. I did fake news 🙄😑”. Only a handful of likes and retweets. The “parody” tweet wasn’t deleted. But that’s not even the weirdest part here.
What absolutely baffles me is how those who did see the follow-up confession didn’t berate the author for adding disinfo to the pile, but instead complimented them for writing something so believable. Someone even went as far as saying: “About time we used some of Trump’s fake news hysteria against him.”
Regardless of where in this mess you situate yourself, there comes a point where you must take a long hard look at where things are heading, and maybe even admit that whatever evil you’re fighting against is corrupting whatever good intentions you have. Fighting fire with fire is fine as long as it concerns actual real-life fire. Try it for anything else, and you’re likely to just add fuel to the flames instead.
Oh how far we all have fallen.