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Who's Really Lying?

Not sur­pris­ingly, the media failed to report a recent analy­sis of the lies told ABOUT Trump as chron­i­cled by snopes​.com, which is con­sid­ered one of the most reli­able sources of fact check­ing news and information.

The article’s title says it all, “The Lies of Don­ald Trump’s Crit­ics, and How They Shape His Many Personas.”

Snopes​.com reports: “Broadly speak­ing, most of the false­hoods lev­eled against Trump fall into one or more of four cat­e­gories, each of them draw­ing from and feed­ing into four pub­lic per­sonas inhab­ited by the President.

They are: Don­ald Trump: Inter­na­tional Embar­rass­ment, Trump the Tyrant, Don­ald Trump: Bully baby, Trump the Buffoon.…

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, we dis­cov­ered that they are char­ac­ter­ized and dri­ven by four types of errors of thought:

Alarmism
A lack of his­tor­i­cal con­text or aware­ness
Cherry-​picking of evi­dence (espe­cially visual evi­dence)
A fail­ure to adhere to Occam’s Razor — the common-​sense under­stand­ing that the sim­plest expla­na­tion for an event or behav­ior is the most likely.”

Snopes lists a vari­ety of errors, includ­ing inter­pre­ta­tions of Trump’s hand­shake, his lack of inter­est in meet­ings because he was not tak­ing notes at the G-​7, and the con­tin­u­ing focus on his incom­pe­tence to serve as pres­i­dent. See http://​www​.snopes​.com/​2017​/​07​/​12​/​t​r​u​m​p​-​lies/

For exam­ple, snopes​.com notes the exam­ple “…of how rushed and alarmist con­clu­sions, a lack of con­text, and a pre-​existing car­i­ca­ture of Trump as an incip­i­ent dic­ta­tor have played a role in false claims made against him came early on in his pres­i­dency. In the days fol­low­ing Trump’s inau­gu­ra­tion, claims emerged that his admin­is­tra­tion had lit­er­ally rewrit­ten the Bill of Rights, chang­ing all men­tion of ‘peo­ple’ to ‘citizens.’

The story hor­ri­fied read­ers. ‘Not a joke,’ read one widely shared tweet, ‘not a drill.’ But also, not true. The admin­is­tra­tion had changed WhiteHouse.gov’s sum­mary of the Con­sti­tu­tion but not the Con­sti­tu­tion itself. What’s more, the change from ‘peo­ple’ to ‘cit­i­zens’ in this sum­mary had already been made dur­ing the tenure of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.”

In con­clu­sion, snopes​.com advises that “in some ways, these sorts of mas­sive exag­ger­a­tions and gross dis­tor­tions are even more cor­ro­sive and destruc­tive than fake news.”

Per­haps news orga­ni­za­tions need to turn the mir­ror back on them­selves to deter­mine whether they are ones telling lies.

h/​t to my wife Elizabeth

Not surprisingly, the media failed to report a recent analysis of the lies told ABOUT Trump as chronicled by snopes.com, which is considered one of the most reliable sources of fact checking news and information.

The article’s title says it all, “The Lies of Donald Trump’s Critics, and How They Shape His Many Personas.”

Snopes.com reports: “Broadly speaking, most of the falsehoods leveled against Trump fall into one or more of four categories, each of them drawing from and feeding into four public personas inhabited by the President.

They are: Donald Trump: International Embarrassment, Trump the Tyrant, Donald Trump: Bully baby, Trump the Buffoon….

“Generally speaking, we discovered that they are characterized and driven by four types of errors of thought:

Alarmism
A lack of historical context or awareness
Cherry-picking of evidence (especially visual evidence)
A failure to adhere to Occam’s Razor — the common-sense understanding that the simplest explanation for an event or behavior is the most likely.”

Snopes lists a variety of errors, including interpretations of Trump’s handshake, his lack of interest in meetings because he was not taking notes at the G-7, and the continuing focus on his incompetence to serve as president. See http://www.snopes.com/2017/07/12/trump-lies/

For example, snopes.com notes the example “…of how rushed and alarmist conclusions, a lack of context, and a pre-existing caricature of Trump as an incipient dictator have played a role in false claims made against him came early on in his presidency. In the days following Trump’s inauguration, claims emerged that his administration had literally rewritten the Bill of Rights, changing all mention of ‘people’ to ‘citizens.’

“The story horrified readers. ‘Not a joke,’ read one widely shared tweet, ‘not a drill.’ But also, not true. The administration had changed WhiteHouse.gov’s summary of the Constitution but not the Constitution itself. What’s more, the change from ‘people’ to ‘citizens’ in this summary had already been made during the tenure of President Barack Obama.”

In conclusion, snopes.com advises that “in some ways, these sorts of massive exaggerations and gross distortions are even more corrosive and destructive than fake news.”

Perhaps news organizations need to turn the mirror back on themselves to determine whether they are ones telling lies.

h/t to my wife Elizabeth