Facebook post by Kelly Carlin
Help me spread the truth about these evil cocksuckers
Her 4,471 Facebook followers, however, are dwarfed by her 21.4K Twitter followers, and here's what she said over there:
and then (very politely!)
The ensuing tsunami was a joy to behold!
I'd show you the offending meme-page with the flood of comments, but Heartland has since taken it down.
What I can show you, though, is what Kelly Carlin calls their "mealy mouthed apology."
Heartland Institute's Facebook apology post
A recent post on this Facebook page has caused some controversy. We posted an image of George Carlin along with a quote attributed to him. We discovered, thanks to the diligence of Carlin fans following us that the quote was taken out of context.
In addition to producing extensive original commentary, we attempt to serve as a clearing house for interesting and informative quotations and thoughts by academics, statesmen, and other public figures. It was through that latter endeavor that we came across the quotation in question. Ordinarily we check carefully to establish the veracity of these posts before reusing them, but in this instance we failed to do so.
Our intention is always to provide accurate quotes and information, and we acknowledge our failure in this instance. We did not design the meme we posted, but because we did post it, we own it. We apologize for the error.
I gotta say, I highly doubt that any Carlin fans are actually following the Heartland Institute on Facebook! I know I'm not. And I also highly doubt that they've been checking their meme-posts to ANY extent -- though maybe they'll start actually doing so now!
I am also having a hard time bringing to mind another occasion on which a billionaire-boys think-tank has EVER been induced to say, "We own it" and "We apologize for the error." Anyone have evidence to the contrary?
Meanwhile, take a look at the comments on the apology post, it's rather a delight!
And finally, here is Kelly Carlin's heartfelt thank you to all the fans who helped make this rare apology possible:
Facebook thank-you by Kelly Carlin
Thank you Carlin fans for helping to set the record straight over on the Heartland Institute's page.
They have issued a mealy-mouthed apology this morning. We know it's bullshit, but at least we got them to say it.
The best part is that over 300 of you commented on their page and let them hear from people who care about truth and accuracy. Well, actually the best part is that there were lots of "motherfuckers" and "cocksuckers" thrown onto their page. Well done!
Here is the original article that revealed what they did:
I'll add my thanks to hers -- thanks to everyone who spread the word and added to the comments at the Heartland Institute page, and thanks to Daily Kos for providing the forum to air this in the first place!
And I'll let George Carlin himself have the last word, as is only appropriate.
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