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I just saw this in my LinkedIn feed.

The article is about Confederate soldier costumes being sold at Party City. The Civil War is part of American history and people can debate whether or not that makes for an appropriate costume, but that is not what annoys me.

The graphic used is not of a Party City store. Looks like a tent so it is probably some sort of flea market. So, why was this picture used? Because you have a Trump flag next to a Confederate flag so the message is, Trump supports the Confederacy and thus he is pro-slavery. Maybe that wasn’t their point . . . but that absolutely is their point. No mention of Trump in the actual article.

As media bias goes this isn’t all that big of a deal, but the blatant dishonesty ticks me off more than it probably should. If Trump was as bad as they say, you should be able to criticize him without actually lying, right? I guess not.

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  1. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Vance Richards: As media bias goes this isn’t all that big of a deal, but the blatant dishonesty ticks me off more than it probably should.

    You can’t be too ticked off at the media. It’s not possible. The corruption of the media is destroying civil society. We can’t trust anything we hear, see, read and we can’t trust each other. Fake news may very well bring this country down.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 2:45 PM PDT
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  2. Henry Castaigne Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: As media bias goes this isn’t all that big of a deal, but the blatant dishonesty ticks me off more than it probably should.

    You can’t be too ticked off at the media. It’s not possible. The corruption of the media is destroying civil society. We can’t trust anything we hear, see, read and we can’t trust each other. Fake news may very well bring this country down.

    It’s like they are the enemy of the people when they lie. 

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    • September 27, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  3. Doctor Robert Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: As media bias goes this isn’t all that big of a deal, but the blatant dishonesty ticks me off more than it probably should.

    You can’t be too ticked off at the media. It’s not possible. The corruption of the media is destroying civil society. We can’t trust anything we hear, see, read and we can’t trust each other. Fake news may very well bring this country down.

     they are the enemy of the people

    Fixed it for you.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 3:28 PM PDT
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I think we’re all hypersensitive, and with good reason. When moved to fight back, we should.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 3:34 PM PDT
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  5. Vance Richards Member
    Vance RichardsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: As media bias goes this isn’t all that big of a deal, but the blatant dishonesty ticks me off more than it probably should.

    You can’t be too ticked off at the media. It’s not possible. The corruption of the media is destroying civil society. We can’t trust anything we hear, see, read and we can’t trust each other. Fake news may very well bring this country down.

    And now we will have debates moderated by DNC cheerleaders.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 3:37 PM PDT
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  6. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noDJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Oh, this stuff happens all the time. And groups know how to take advantage of it.

    I remember the opening of a new Chick-fil-a shop nearby. Big crowds.

    A handful of protestors came by, they carried a big banner on poles, they stood in front of the crowd with the banner held high, got photographed, and it looked for all the world like it was an enormous protest.

    Alinsky would be proud.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 5:18 PM PDT
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  7. Arahant Member

    Vance Richards: If Trump was as bad as they say, you should be able criticize him without actually lying, right? I guess not.

    Exactly. 100%.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 5:30 PM PDT
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  8. Henry Castaigne Member

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Oh, this stuff happens all the time. And groups know how to take advantage of it.

    I remember the opening of a new Chick-fil-a shop nearby. Big crowds.

    A handful of protestors came by, they carried a big banner on poles, they stood in front of the crowd with the banner held high, got photographed, and it looked for all the world like it was an enormous protest.

    Alinsky would be proud.

    Chick-fil-a hires gays and does not have a history of discrimination against gays or other sexual minorities. The media went out of it’s way to hide that. 

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    • September 27, 2020, at 6:30 PM PDT
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  9. Flicker Coolidge

    That brings up a good point that I’ve been noticing the last few years, ever since web sites went from print to 98% pictures with six-word captions, comic book style. I wonder just how much my opinion of anyone is influenced by the “candid” pictures the sites choose to present. It seems nowadays that web sites have thousands of stills on any given person in the news, and they pick the one that spins the story: oh, look! sad, mean, sleepy, creepy, etc.

    I noticed it most when I was looking up the Spygate characters on wikipedia. The framed guys all had loser, hang-dog expressions, especially the normally Bond-esque George Popadopoulos. And the FBI and CIA conspirators either looked dedicated and intelligent, or weren’t shown at all.

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    • September 27, 2020, at 6:31 PM PDT
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  10. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Vance Richards: The graphic used is not of a Party City store. Looks like a tent so it is probably some sort of flea market. So, why was this picture used? Because you have a Trump flag next to a Confederate flag so the message is, Trump supports the Confederacy and thus he is pro-slavery. Maybe that wasn’t their point . . . but that absolutely is their point. No mention of Trump in the actual article.

    It’s also fairly common for someone to write a fair news article, only to have an editor write a sensationalist headline that misrepresents the content of the article. People who just scan the headline and not read the article will end up with an idea that is contrary to the truth, even though the actual journalist did their job.

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    • September 30, 2020, at 7:13 AM PDT
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