Hey here is something that only happens every other week or so! The news is reporting on something maddeningly crazy that Hugo Chavez has said, only when you conduct your own independent investigation involving sophisticated journalistic techniques (Google) you find out that it is all, in fact, complete bullshit. Here's how it worked this time, pretty much exactly like it works every other time:
1. Some Venezuelan blogger wrote a weird story about the U.S. causing the Haiti earthquake with some sort of earthquake weapon.Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb etc. etc. Repeat.
2. A website operated by a Venezuelan state TV channel included a link to the post in their roundup of Haiti coverage from all over the country.
3. Some right-wing newspaper in Spain published a story about the link, referring to it as a Venezuelan state "press release."
4. Fox News reports the Spanish story, saying the earthquake weapon claim comes from "Hugo Chavez' mouthpiece."
6. Right wing news "analysts" opine about what level of threat this represents to the United States.