Stop listening to conspiracy theories
On April 30, a reader was unsure whose side President Obama was on. He alleged that the president and the first lady failed to visit any of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He even included a claim that Michelle Obama visited the bomber.
No letter setting the record straight has since appeared, so I will step in. After a review of the issue online, I can report that the reliable and credible sources say the president and first lady each visited many victims, not including the accused bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
There were, sad to say, wing-nut blogs and conspiracy theorists who plugged allegations similar to those found in the referenced letter to the editor. The number of such “sources” amazed me. Citizens who rely on them for their understanding of events deprive themselves of the opportunity to interact in the world of reality.
For the opinion page editor to publish such obvious untruths is to limit the chances for serious discourse on these pages.
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