The openly leftist site Talking Points Memo recently alerted its readers to the fact that Oklahoma’s Republican Party recently shared an anecdote on Facebook. In an effort to demonstrate the fallacy of liberal welfare programs, many conservatives have pointed to the fact that wildlife parks urge visitors not to feed animals, lest they become dependent.
Variations of this point have been made numerous times, generally with the goal of exposing governmental hypocrisy and not, as TPM’s Catherine Thompson suggested, “comparing food stamp recipients to animals.”
Nevertheless, she featured a screenshot of the now-deleted Facebook post, which stated:
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”
Thus ends todays lesson in irony #OKGOP
The passage is very similar to an image of a newspaper clip that has circulated online for years:
Thompson hammered the organization on one point, explaining that 2013’s welfare expenditure was actually slightly higher than last year’s total.
“But the factual error presumably wasn’t why the post was deleted,” she wrote.
A clarification was posted to the group’s Facebook page Tuesday, as was a subsequent statement by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.
Should this group be expected to apologize for sharing a social media meme? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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