I just received a call from someone at InfoCision, an Ohio polling and marketing company which the caller identified as being identified with the Republican Party.
She called with an urgent alert (which to me implied a fundraising call) from the College Republicans saying that the College Republicans' chapter office at the University of Rhode Island was being shut down and their office "boarded up."
While I kept her on the line for about half an hour, I was constantly using "the google" to pepper her with questions like "I'm not finding any current headlines; when did this happen?"
Then, "Oh, there's this article from April 18--that's practically tax day--about the C.R. offering a $100 scholarship to white heterosexual males. The student senate demanded an apology. Is that it? It doesn't sound very timely."
When she came back from talking to her supervisor, I told her, "I've got a Fox News story saying this was settled April 30 with the student senate ending their decertification threat and backing down from the demand for an apology. Why are you doing an alert now when this was just a flash in the pan?"
Fearmongering with expired news. It's an oldie AND a baddie.
For the record, the FoxNews.com article is on the site of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which represented the R.I. College Republicans in their appeal
There's also a fun article on the New Jersey College Republicans' blog which states
"Saving money in today's environment is important. It is important because the CRNC does not have any money. And the CRNC does not have any money because Infocision - a fundraising firm recommended to them by allies at the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee - pretty much stinks at fundraising. It's true."
Ah, truthiness. Sometimes facts really do have a liberal bias.