A poster over at Daily Kos named Bamos crated a fake Twitter account called In the Stimulus, where he/she posted all sorts of outrageous bullshit alleged to be part of the stimulus package. They started off as, in Bamos' words, "believable but unsourced lies," such as
- $750,000 for an underground tunnel connecting a middle school and high school in North Carolina.
- $4.7 million for a program supplying public television to K-8 classrooms.
- $2.3 million for a museum dedicated to the electric bass guitar.
- $473,000 to Fueled by Ramen, record label for such bands as Fall Out Boy.
- $4 million for Obama bobbleheads.
- $104,000 to exhume President Taft.
- $465 million for massive air conditioners to combat global warming.
- $855,000 for the gambling debts Laura Bush incurred on diplomatic trips between 2004-2008.
And instead of going "wait a minute, I call shenanigans on this," the indignation grew...and grew...and grew:
- americanblogstr: @InTheStimulus Is $2 mil in ShamWows the new FEMA emergency backup plan for the next Hurricane Katrina?
- PreppyPrincess: @InTheStimulus Okay, this is the worst. Worse than the national insect funding. [note: also something I made up, obviously] Shamwows?
- ScrapDiva: RT @InTheStimulus: is $2 million for Shamwows. <seriously?!>
- jeffl8n: nice, what congress person promised everyone a Shamwow? - RT @InTheStimulus: "is $2 million for Shamwows."
- hanktechentin: It's worse than we thought! RT @InTheStimulus is $2 million for Shamwows. #tcot
And to be fair, as we'll see in Sunday's newspaper column, it's not just the Right who're susceptible to Twitter-driven outrage. They're just the ones who're most susceptible to mistaking bullshit for reality.