A war contractor who claimed President Trump’s controversial travel ban caused his mother to die in Iraq lied about the circumstance. Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, head of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, Mich. told WJBK-TV that Mike Hager’s mother died five days before Trump issued the executive order.
Seriously? Were the raft of fake news stories about racist and Islamophobic attacks in the run up to President Trumps election not enough? These stories make headlines at first, and these headlines then cause a flurry of social media outrage for a few days, but the damage they cause when they are revealed to be false is immense and long-lasting.
Resist having your finger on the hair-trigger of outrage and wait for the facts. “Confirmation bias” is a powerful intoxicant, but like all inebriants, it is the enemy of clear thinking and often leads to one making a fool of oneself in public.