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Email: "HB 1388 Passed"

September 15, 2009 5:55 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

HB 1388 Passed

[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]

Response

Hey - This email made me really angry.  So much is going on in Washington and I don't think enough of it is getting covered on TV.

I actually found a website called FactCheck.org that has responded to this email.  Don't worry, they fact check both conservatives and liberals.

This site says that the email you sent me is basically two rumors cobbled together to create one giant incorrect message.

First of all, HR 1388 has nothing to do with Palestine.  It concerns the president's expansion of the volunteer group, AmeriCorps, and nothing about its passing was done behind anyone's back. 

Second, yes, President Obama called the Palestinian leader when he took office.  But he "also called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Jordan's King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to signal a determination to press for peace in the region." 

The only true parts of this email are that his first, formal interview was with Al Arabia to begin peace talks with the Muslim world.  Don't you think it's important to establish a good, working relationship right away?  Besides, he'd been on American TV almost every day for over a year...isn't that enough?  The other true part was about closing Guantanamo Bay.  But that's not really a surprise, since he had been talking about it during the campaign and it won't happen until next year anyways.

If you want to read the whole article, here is the link: http://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/hr-1388-passed-behind-our-backs/

And I don't know what that site is that those links go to, but credible government sources don't have random ads on their pages.  I'd recommend using GovTrack.us, VoteSmart.org, or OpenCongress.org for that kind of information. 

I hope my response helps - I think it's important for us to be spreading the right information so people can make choices based on fact instead of rumor.

Talk to you soon.



 


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