Earlier this week I was scanning through my Facebook feed and saw a few posts that took me aback:
“Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building”
"BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen. #CongressHostage."
"Police helicopter just ordered to pull back after Rep. Trent Franks tried to take it down with a shotgun. #CongressHostage."
"BREAKING: Congress demanding $12 trillion ransom or "all the kids die" #CongressHostage."WHAT!?!?! Should I switch on the TV or maybe CNN.com has more info on …oh wait, that’s a post by The Onion. (https://twitter.com/#!/Theonion) Whew. Not their best joke, but whatever. In reality it took about as long for me to dismiss this "news" item than it took you to read the “W” in “WHAT!?!?!” As far as I’m concerned that’s where this story should have ended. It didn’t…