The great thing about the Internet is how fast the world can collectivly check facts. This became very apparent at the end of the 2004 presidential election when CBS used (intentionally or not) fake documents about Bush’s servive. People from around the world dissected it almost instantly, revealing it’s origin as a fake.
Jump to today and you have people running for Congress (Kaloogian) posting pictures (on the right) of “Iraq” and how calm it is. Problem is that the image may not be of Iraq. Instead, people from around the world have decended on this picture to point out the flaws and problems, ending with a well documents image like the one on the left. The research may or not be valid, but the important concept is that research is being done. Our “facts” are being checked. That’s why things like wikipedia.org are so useful. People check the facts.
Now if I can just get CSPAN to do a pop-video version of the next Presidential debate with tape delayed speakers having their facts check by a bi-partasian group of people.
Update (3/29): Apparently, Kaloogian’s webmaster posted the wrong picture.Â Intentional or not, it shows how quickly the Internet, the collective fact checking of the world, can quickly root out the truth.