Do lies help or hurt your cause?

Meghan spoke at a rally
 to combat 
violence against women.

Whatever side we're on, we want to confirm that the other side's wrong and is full of lying stinking weasels.

The reality is that anyone can be a weasel.

Meghan Lanker-Simons, who recently graduated from the University of Wyoming, received a nasty Facebook message while she was in school:
“I want to hatef*** Meg Lanker Simons so hard. That chick runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its so hot and makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican bitch.”
The university community was understandable outraged. Ms. Lanker-Simons spoke at a university rally that addressed sexual violence against women.

Now it's a laudable goal to try to combat sexual violence against women. However, whenever taking on a cause, it might be useful to tell the truth about it, because if you lie and are discovered to have lied, others might not take you - or your cause - seriously.

When police investigated who might have sent the comment, they discovered it was sent from a computer owned by Ms. Lanker-Simons, and it was sent from her personal account.

It seems she'd sent the message herself.

She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and had to pay court costs and a fine.

Here's the question: She rallied people to protest against a real problem by posting a lie. 

So did she ultimately hurt or harm the cause?

People who believe in the cause can say:
"Yes, she lied, but it's still a good cause and she did bring attention to it."
People who don't believe in the cause can say:
"I knew it! It's not a true cause at all and it only gets attention because of liars like her."
Everyone chooses the sides they already believe in, but what about the people in the middle, who are undecided?

What do they think about the cause?

Wyoming grad fined in threatening Facebook hoax, Miami Herald>>

Read more here:
UW Police: Facebook post was a hoax -- UPDATED, Laramie Boomerang>>

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