Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded message allegedly written
by actor Clint Eastwood called "My Twilight Years."
The Truth: This message has been found
anonymously posted in boards around the Internet long before it was
attributed to Clint Eastwood. It appears that someone tacked on his name
to the story and attached his photo to lend it credibility.
The attribution of this opinion remains a mystery, according to a March
article in the Austin American Statesman's political fact check
website, which said they did not know if Eastwood wrote the opinion, but
they had their doubts. Request for confirmation from the Statesman
went unanswered by the movie star.
The Statesman did manage to contact Paul Miller, the publisher of
Eastwood's hometown newspaper, the Carmel Pine Cone. Miller responded,
"I’ve covered Mr. Eastwood for 20 years, and gotten to know him fairly
well, and I can (un)equivocally state that he would not do such a thing.
If a ‘chain mail’ that purported to come from him arrived in our
newsroom, I would not even spend two minutes to check it out; I would
just ignore it."
Posted 02/21/14 Updated 04/07/14
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
My Twilight Years ~ Clint Eastwood
As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability
that the party must end. There will be a clear, cold morning when there
isn't any "more." No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate
together, no more phone calls just to chat.
It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that
morning comes, is to let every one of your family and friends know that
you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt
beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say,
"He was my friend, and I know where he stood."
So, just in case I'm gone tomorrow, please know this.
I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere,
double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart,
narcissistic, scientific and economic moron currently in the White
Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals
have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think
your neighbors have too many kids.