Matt Drudge, one of the largest news aggregators in the world, has always been known to be conservative. He selectively will put up news that supports the conservative cause without giving the full context of the story. However, after Obama’s reelection, he seems to have realized that simply aggregating news is not enough. Now, he is using his front page to spill lies into the public sphere. See the picture below:
800,000 Pentagon layoffs would be a hard pill to swallow; however, it is a flat out lie. In fact, if you read the first sentence of the article, you can see that:
Title: Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilians
First Line: The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1.
Typically, a layoff is considered when a company fires someone – usually at no fault of the individual. In a furlough, people will have to take a day off every week. This will decrease their pay, but they will keep their benefits and full time status. This article explains the difference between furloughs and layoffs:
A furlough is a temporary, defined period of unpaid time off, at the end of which the employee returns to work on a paid basis. Some employers allow the employees to “customize” the terms of their furlough to, for example, reduce their workweek to a three- or four-day workweek with the employee being allowed to choose the days off. Others might require the employees to take two weeks off per month for a given period of time, but allow the employees to choose the weeks off.
On the other hand, a layoff is the removal of an employee from the workforce, without pay (but maybe other benefits such as severance) and without guarantees of returning to work. One variation of the layoff is a “shutdown,” common in automotive factories, where the factory is closed for a period of time until demand for production resumes. Laid off employees do not continue to receive benefits such as vacation time and insurance coverage, unless they elect COBRA insurance coverage that they must elect and purchase within a given time after their last day of work.