Outliers often observes that nowadays its harder and harder to tell satire from the actual news. I mean, Joe the Plumber? Alan Greenspans shocked disbelief that there was a flaw in this model of how the world works? You cant make this stuff up.
Perhaps that was why some folks who stumbled on a story from CAP News headlined Dental group sues McCain over Drill baby drill, took at face value its report that the American Dental Association was suing the Republican presidential ticket for intellectual property infringement.
To give them credit, some of the people who mistook the story for fact didnt find the story on the CAP News Web site, which announces that all material is satire, albeit in relatively small type.
Instead they read the story after it was posted on some dental sites. And in the spirit of post first, ask questions later, they were off.
This move by the ADA is just shameful. Are children now running the organization? I dont know if Palin is right or wrong on her assumption that most dentists support the opponent, but right or wrong, the ADAs move to sue over this is just ludicrous, wrote blogger, editor and consultant Jill Kring Carter on Pennwelldentalgroup.
coms community forum pages. As a writer, intellectual property is just a part of my life, but Im also of the opinion that intellectual property laws need to be radically amended so that litigation such as this, over something so petty, can never soak up our tax dollars, ever again.
Carter later posted a suggestion that the lawsuit may be less about intellectual property and more about attempting to add to the collective effort to bring down the Republican campaign.
The article was also posted on dentalheroes.com, though the moderator later ran a correction identifying the lawsuit report as satire, but not before a readerwho goes by the handle Wisdomposted a comment saying I have no idea why the ADA wants to keep Drill baby drill as part of their intellectual property though. Doesnt make a whole lot of sense.