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Email: "I Thought It Better To Copy Actual Newspaper Article.."

November 11, 2009 4:59 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.

I Thought It Better To Copy Actual Newspaper Article..

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

Response

Hey - thanks for sending this to me. 

I wanted more details about this boycott situation (and thought it was weird the clipping's date was handwritten) so I looked it up on the internet.

A website called Snopes.com investigates all sorts of internet rumors and urban legends - and this is one of them!

This shopping boycott story has been around since April or May 2006 and the different versions include different sets of statistics on the effect of the boycott upon Caucasian owned businesses. 

The site also says "when we attempted to verify the source and validity of this information, the National Retail Federation told us that retailers can't (and don't) compile or release shoplifting statistic so quickly after the fact.  (Stores would have to conduct physical inventories on a daily basis to determine that shoplifting on one particular day was lower than the norm, a capability virtually none of them possesses.)" 

If you have a few minutes, you can read the whole article here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/shoplift.asp

Snopes also includes the text of the "article" you sent as the text of another email!

You might say that the email includes a scan of the newspaper article.  It's actually fairly easy to forge those documents with various computer programs like Photoshop.

The immigration issue is not going to go away, but there's no chance for it to be resolved if people are lying to each other about things that might or might not have happened.

Hopefully what I found helps you sort through some of the other stuff you see in your inbox.

Talk to you soon.



 


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