Picture Worth a Trillion Dollars: Legislators on Laptops During Hearing-Truth! & Fiction!
Picture Worth a Trillion Dollars: Legislators on Laptops During Hearing-Truth! & Fiction!Summary of eRumor: A forwarded email with the subject line "A Picture Worth a Trillion Dollars" shows a photograph of two lawmakers playing solitaire on their laptop computers during a budget hearing. The Truth: This photo shows elected officials playing solitaire, cruising Facebook and checking baseball scores during a budget hearing — but the lawmakers in the photo have often been misidentified as members of Congress. The so-called picture worth a trillion dollars, which was taken by Associated Press photographer Jessica Hill, shows Connecticut State Representatives Barbara Lambert and Jack F. Hennessy playing solitaire on their laptop computers during a Monday night session of the state assembly. Hill took the photograph on August 31, 2009, from the back of the historic Hall of the House in Hartford, CT, as lawmakers convened to vote on a new budget for the fiscal year. .
According to a Sept. 8, 2009 article in the Hartford Courant, an embarrassed Hennessy apologized in a letter to Bridgeport residents admitting to bad judgment and calling his actions inexcusable:
I have received a great deal of mail and even a few calls from people all over the country over the last couple of months about the photograph I have as a lead off image on my member page. Some viewers have even gone so far to say they believe the photograph is not authentic. I take my profession very serious. There is nothing staged or altered in the photograph and it is insulting to me to have been accused of otherwise from people who do not even know me.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Nothing else need to be said. This is one of their THREE DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for. I am ready to start from the beginning by voting out all elected officials and not letting any of them stay in office for more than two terms. No more lifelong healthcare, retirement, voting in their own pay raises, taking perks on our taxes, etc.
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night as the House convened to vote on a new budget. (AP)
The guy sitting in the row in front of these two… he’s on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores. These are the folks that can’t get the budget out by Oct. 1, Seriously!!!
So, we’ve got a 30 day budget extension. Well, guess what, 30 days from now we will be in the same boat. I guess this makes it easy for the news ‘reporters’ as all they have to do is recycle the same headlines from this week and from 2 years ago. And these yo-yo’s will still be playing SOLITAIRE