I just watched a thing on CNN, which does not make me happy. We’ve got a guest staying with us at the moment, and he watches pretty much nothing but the news. I decided long ago that watching the news was not the best way to get the news. Not that my way – to see what people are posting on Facebook and, if it’s an interesting story, follow the links. Then, it’s into the fray with the comments, and you will gradually gather information because there’s always somebody ready to rebut anything you say- is totally foolproof. There is all sorts of confirmation bias, and an inherent selectivity in the range of acceptable opinions because, of course, I don’t have many Trumpeteers among my friends.
So, like I say, it’s a flawed system, but it’s better than CNN, and no doubt a kajillion times better than Fox.
Anyway, this particular scene happened on CNN, so they are the object of my derision this evening. The announcer was saying “Police had to dodge things being thrown by the crowd,” and the filmed footage clearly showed a bunch of police beating up a single individual. It was like every single sentence she was saying was in direct contradiction to the picture on the screen.
There are two takeaways from this: 1. the news people lie, like all the time, and 2. it’s a lot better with the sound off.