It’s becoming safe to predict that nine times out of ten a lefty meme making it’s way around Facebook is phony. Anyone remember Sharmeka Moffitt? She’s the woman who set herself on fire and claimed it was a hate crime. Before the truth was discovered, that story went rocketing around Facebook as absolute proof of how horribly racist America is. Ditto the phony “bias incident” at Vassar perpetrated by a transgendered student. (Really? “Hey Tranny. Know Your Place?” Who says that?)
Now Instapundit brings our attention to the case of Linda Tirado, who wrote the viral essay “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or poverty thoughts,” which made its way around social media for a few days and earned the author a nice chunk of cash. And which, of course, also happens to be phony.
The real Linda owns a home, thanks to some pretty generous parents. Her LinkedIn profile states she’s been a freelance writer and political consultant since 2010, and has worked in politics since 2004, a claim backed by 27 decent connections.
She’s married to a Marine, has met President Obama while interning for a politician (who obviously wasn’t disgusted by those rotten teeth), and has plenty of time to visit Las Vegas on vacation. And blog about her privileged life on WordPress.
For the curious, there’s also a Facebook page from 2011 that lists “Democratic campaign consultant” as an occupation and membership in various Occupy groups around Utah.
It’s always tempting when these stories implode to go on Facebook and throw them back in lefty friends’ faces. There is no one less skeptical than an educated liberal when his or her prejudices are confirmed by a wretched of the earth story.