An illuminating read and a case study of selective bias that works on the principle that although all the facts are presented, they are not presented together in an “on the one hand but on the other hand” fair and balancedkind of way. Crucial facts that neutralise and destroy the message trying to be conveyed are buried right down the bottom of the story. The technique works on the correct premise that most people only read the opening few pars of a story and move on in the mistaken belief that they are armed with all the relevent facts.
We saw this recently with respect to the child separation on the Mexican border when this had been going on for years under Obama. An emotional issue for which Donald Trump got the blame.
This is how much of the media works, unfortunately. It’s what they DON’T tell you that matters.
“…Thanks to eagle-eyed Mike Brest, writing in the Daily Caller, we have a classic example of this technique in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post:
The Washington Post published an article about the U.S. government choosing not to renew the passports of people born near the border, as they are skeptical that those people were actually born in the country. It’s not until the ninth paragraph that the article begins to address that the policy began under the Bush administration and continued under Obama.
Everyone in the news business knows that a large portion of readers never make it nine paragraphs into a story. Many glance only at the headline and a subhead or two. Another big group reads the first few paragraphs. These two groups account for a big majority of newspaper readers, unless the topic in question is of highest concern – say, an epidemic breaking out locally.
So, for most readers, the message conveyed is that the current administration of Donald Trump is doing this on its own initiative.
Read the first four paragraphs, and there is an unmistakable impression of the Trump administration’s sole responsibility…” Washington Post uses despicable old MSM trick to falsely impugn Trump