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Barrie Doesn't Like Kermit The Frog

Barrie Doesn't Like Kermit The Frog

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Rampant rumors: a giant game of telephone. Source: Leo Reynolds hide caption

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Source: Leo Reynolds

There. I've done it. I've started a rumor — a vile, despicable rumor about my own prejudice against frogs, Jim Henson, and possibly the color green, which, as we all know, it ain't easy bein'. Now, this rumor is a lie. I love Kermit — and can sing the Rainbow Connection from beginning to end with no mistakes and much feeling. But here's the thing that's kind of amazing — if I continue to send around the title of this blog post enough, people will believe it. Worse, if I debunk it entirely, they're more likely to believe it. This is why outright falsehoods — such as the Obama-as-Muslim rumor — are so dangerous. Today — at the speed of rumor — we're taking you on a trip through Rumorville. From the first mention, to the campaign to discredit it — it's all rumor on Talk of the Nation. And I LOVE Kermit. Spread that.