The free exchange of opinions and viewpoints, sometimes passionately undertaken, makes for a healthy republic. It also makes for a vibrant and enjoyable Liveleak. Injecting falsehoods and misrepresentations in order to promote an agenda poisons the process and renders discussion useless.
Recently items were posted which made claims that 'Occupy Wall Street' camps were responsible for one new disease, "Zucotti Lung" and a new drug resistant form of Tuberculosis. Titles and links are as follows (poor spelling preserved, titles as they appear):
"Acorn Occupy Scum Baggers Filthy Breeding Ground For New Sickness And Diseases...Zucotti Lung."
"Occupy Atlanta Acorn Flea Baggers Spawn NEW Resistand form of TB..."
Now obviously the titles clearly indicate a strong opinion about OWS protesters, with an anti- democratic party/Obama slant thrown in by including "Acorn", despite there being no OWS/Acorn affiliation. OK fine.
But the attention grabbing claims about 'spawning' new disease and new forms of old ones goes beyond political rhetoric and party bashing. These are blatant lies, pure and simple.
Zucotti Lung: There is no such disease.
Zucotti is the name of the park in NY where the OWS are encamped. As would be expected in a group of people camping out for weeks at a time in the fall in NY city, many have developed upper respiratory infections, i.e. the common cold. The protesters have coined a name for the common malady:“It’s called Zuccotti lung,” said Willie Carey, 28, a demonstrator from Chapel Hill, N.C. “It’s a real thing.”
So, no, there are no "new sickness and diseases"...that is a lie.
Next we have the allegation that Atlanta OWS protesters "Spawn NEW Resistand form of TB" (poor spelling and emphasis original). Let's see what the actual news story says.
"The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease."
“Over the last three months were have been two persons who have resided in this facility who have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected infectious tuberculosis (TB),” said Fulton County Services Director Matthew McKenna in a written statement to CBS Atlanta. “One of these persons was confirmed to have a strain of TB that is resistant to a single, standard medication used to treat this condition. All person(s) identified as positive have begun treatment and are being monitored to ensure that medication is taken as directed.”
Note that the cases were seen in individuals "who have resided in this facility". The OWS protesters do not and have not resided inside the homeless shelter. Their encampment is on the OUTSIDE of the shelter. No OWS protestors have contracted TB, much less "spawned a new [resistant] form of TB". The claim made in the title is a lie.
Like or hate the OWS protesters or movement, everyone is entitled to express their opinion, no matter how passionately. I make no judgment here one way or the other. Blatantly lying about relevant facts and issues however is an insult to the viewer.
So why post this correction? What's it to me? On one of the above items I did what liveleakers do...I posted a comment pointing out the false claims. In response I was ridiculed (happens all the time, no big deal) and then BLOCKED by the item owner so I could not respond or comment on the other item.
Tell lies, get caught, and block the person that calls you on your nonsense. Liar AND coward is a pathetic combination.
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