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Friday, September 5, 2014

Here we go again: I am back and time to do some debunking- Darren Wilson (he did not have a smashed eye-socket)

First of all I want to say that I do not mean to insult anyone by writing this... as the family member I speak of will probably see this post.  They should know they I am just telling a story to demonstrate an example of thorough research (at least what us laymen would consider "thorough")....

Well it has been some time since I posted on this blog.  And I feel it is unfortunate.  I was looking back at older posts and not to be arrogant...but I was surprised how much I liked reading what I read.

So let's get to it.  Very recently a family member sent me an email.  It was regarding Officer Darren Wilson who was involved in the Ferguson shooting. Here is what the email said...


No wonder he shot him.


How much of the rioting might have been avoided had this been published immediately? 
 Finally, a released picture of Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.  No wonder the race baiters didn't want the photo released.
He was punched in the face before he emptied his weapon into the drugged “unarmed teenager” who was trying to get his gun. Here is what a broken eye socket looks like!

it included this picture..


The font is the same as was in the email.  It was apparent to me that the email was drafted by someone else other than the family member and that person just believed it and casually forwarded it.  Whoever it was needs more practice with formatting a document.  Anyway- in the spirit of critical thinking... which includes some suspicion about what you are told, and a drive to ensure one's understanding of a claim is accurate... I immediately said "this smells like fake."  But I had to prove it.

I found a link on vox.com which cited CNN tweets citing an anonymous source.  I sent that to my family member when I raised my concern of it possibly being fake.  The response I received was basically- "and how do I vet my material, CNN?"  Fair point.... the reputation of CNN is in the johnny flusher and they used an anonymous source.  I needed something better...

Snopes to the rescue...

I decided to see if I could find a Snopes article as they are usually pretty reliable and sure enough I did. Here is the Snopes page I am referring to  It includes the CNN tweets... and I thought- oh rats this isn't any better... but then at the end it had this to say...

In fact, the photo above is not of allegedly battered Officer Darren Wilson, but rather of now-deceased motocross rider Jim McNeil. McNeil, who was killed in an accident in 2011, sustained the injuries seen in the image above back in 2006. 
I believe this is sufficient to establish that it was not of Wilson. Go ahead and look up Jim McNeil...

Feel free to comment with your thoughts on this.  And please keep following... I am going to be authoring regularly again.

Cheers!

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