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October 14, 2019
Report Provides Actual Context to New York Times's Story About "Trump Shooting People" Video
The New York Times issued a report about a conference of Trump supporters at a Trump hotel. Where video was shown of Trump shooting people. I know. That's a lot of Trump. That seems like an odd video to feature at a conference. But as with many "explosive" Trump headlines, it pays to wait 48 hours to see how much the story changes (see CNN Doubles Down on Fake News/Bananas Analogy and New York Times Asked Twitter for Tips on Spotting Fake News). This time, it took less than two hours.
Two questions about this not great piece: 1) The Times says they obtained the video. Why not publish it alongside t… https://t.co/1f9dhCySos— Robby Soave (@Robby Soave) 1571016126.0
Here's a reporter from Reason to provide some details. Reason isn't exactly what one would call a MAGAsexual fanzine.
@robbysoave I was there. There was a room at the conference showing videos by that “carpe donktum” guy. A meme art… https://t.co/wlKsOFVkxU— CJ Ciaramella (@CJ Ciaramella) 1571016447.0
Here’s the room that video played in, for context https://t.co/bkm5ge3Xio— CJ Ciaramella (@CJ Ciaramella) 1571016878.0
And here's the video that The New York Times "uncovered." That has been on YouTube since July of 2018.
Disclaimer, I'm personally not a fan of these videos. Some of them are funny. But idol worship of a politician isn't healthy no matter who the politician is. See also the singing creepy songs of Obama, Children in 2008. If you're fantasizing of a world leader shooting his political opponents, seek therapy.
That said, is there any wonder why anti-media videos are popular? Here we have a story that comes out from The New York Times about a video of Trump shooting opponents shown at a Trump conference in a Trump hotel. The clear implication is that it was shown as part of a conference. Most likely to the sounds of thunderous applause and people throwing their MAGA hats in the air singing ay oh gotta let go. Emphasis on implication. Because media outlets know most people will read tweets about stories instead of the actual stories. Those tweets are most likely from people who didn't read the story either.
Had you looked into the story, you would see a TV in a mostly empty room playing a YouTube playlist where this parody video was shown, made by some MAGAsexual, not by Trump.
Notice the difference between what really happened and what reporters want you to think happened, then marvel no more at people's bias against media.
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