Beers’ “news” column in AgWeekly classic example-
You don’t like your minister. So you make up a completely false rumor, one that is sure to spread. “Did you know the minister’s wife makes porn films?” “You don’t!” “Well people are talking about it.”
Soon the congregation will be talking.
I don’t like to link to this, but we see the same thing only more dangerous, vicious; and the kind of rumor that could lead to violence on the part of a person misled by this kind of baseless lie.
Rural residents’ concern over ‘spread’ of wolves not surprising. By Jim Beers. Agweek. Sept. 21, 2010
Notice how he quotes no one? “There is a growing suspicion by rural residents that “pro-wolf” advocates are releasing wolves to supplement and extend the presence and future growth of wolf packs in the lower 48 states.” Not a single rural resident is quoted, and no evidence except the long known tendency of lone wolves to migrate from Wisconsin into Illinois, Indiana, etc. He doesn’t mention the name of any person or group — just “pro-wolf” advocates.
It is hard to think that his agenda is merely concern about wolves. The result if successful will be fear and hatred unless he is laughed off his stage. Unfortunately this kind of thing circulates in forums never read by the average American. It’s on an agriculture web site.