ITS OFTEN BEST TO CHECK.
07/09/2011 in Uncategorized
A while ago there was a horrible piece of racism that did the rounds on blogsites and via e-mails and which was dressed up as a well thought out and rational look at why there are so many failed black African states. It claimed that the piece had been published in a UK newspaper but this proved to be a false claim.
Well the piece has begun doing the rounds again, and as well as still claiming it appeared inthe UK newspaper it now was additionally attributed to Dr Marc Faber – an “ex-South African and investment guru who tells it like it is”.
Now I new of Dr Faber but also knew him to be Swiss and living in Hong Kong, and thought it unlikely that a man of his stature would actually write such a stupid piece of blatant racism.
And so I e-mailed him to check. He e-mailed back:
I have nothing to do with this
Marc Faber Limited
Suite***, The Workstation
** Lyndhurst Terrace
Central, Hong Kong
**** 2845 9192
From: Nicholas Czardas [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 7:30 PM
Subject: Your comment please , Dr Faber
Dear Doctor Faber,
the internet age allows for rumour, half-truth, innuendo and lies to travel
around the world really quickly, and often rubbish gets a spurious “this was
published in a UK newspaper” or “these are the actual words of….” in order to
give silly or offensive ideas more credence and gravitas.
In South africa we have seen one particular bit of offensive racial drivel go
around cyberspace for some time now, but it now suddenly claims that you (Dr
Marc Faber) are an ex South African investement guru, and that you are “telling
it like it is!”
I’d love to get your thoughts on the thoughts that are being attributed to you.
Here is but one example:
Cheerful regards, and good luck with the doom and gloom,
Count Nicholas Czardas