I recently received an email with this photo attached to it:
The text of the email ran as follows:
You've gotta love this man!Well, I have an answer to that. As big a fan of political jibes as I am, I'm an even bigger fan of accuracy and truth.
He's a 73 year old war hero, who wears a protective flap over his ear while Senator Ted Kennedy, Barrack O'Bama and Hillary Clinton address the Veterans of Foreign Wars! I wish I could shake this man's hand!
I just want to know where he got it....?
This guy is Bill Moyer, a 73-year-old WWII, Korea and Vietnam vet, and it's a legitimate picture, all right. The only problem is that it was taken at the 2005 VFW convention in Salt Lake City, and the speaker whose bullshit he was deflecting was none other than ... Baby Doc Bush himself!
Leave it to the wingnuttery to try to change history. You can read more about this on Snopes, as well as Wikipedia and the Museum of Hoaxes, and if -- or should I say when -- you receive this email from one of your rightwing friends, fire back at them and request that they forward the truth to everyone they sent the lie to (I sent the truth back to the guy who sent this to me, and asked him if he still wanted to shake his hand; I haven't received a reply yet...).
They won't, of course, since pesky things like facts have a way of being extremely inconvenient to those people. But you will have struck a small blow for truth and justice anyway.