Conservatives and Leftists aren’t just watching different movies, which goes to spin and values. Leftists are often watching movies based entirely on lies.
Scott Adams is fond of analogizing different political world views to the fact that people are watching different movies. I watch a movie that sees Trump as an incredibly effective leader who is restoring balance to American politics and to the world stage. Leftists see Trump as an evil fascist who is making the world a place of boiling oceans and hate-filled lands. That is a perception difference based upon values.
Others like to point out accurately enough that people tend to seek reinforcement for their ideas. They pay attention to those facts that support their world view, while ignoring those that don’t. That’s why Leftists like to point out that Robert Mueller is ostensibly a Republican, so conservatives have no right to complain that he has a partisan bias, while conservatives like to point out that the people on Mueller’s team are overwhelmingly Leftist in thought and deed, meaning that partisan bias infuses the whole investigation.
Under both those theories, conservatives and Leftists are living in the same world, with the same facts, but spinning them different ways.
I believe, however, that there’s a really stunning difference between conservatives and Leftists, which is that the latter cling desperately to data that is proven to be false. In other words, for Leftists, it’s not that “facts are stubborn things,” it’s that “falsehoods are stubborn things.”
I’ve got four examples of absolute falsehoods lined up here, all recent. I’m sure that you, my readers, will have your own additions to make. Keep in mind that these are examples in which the facts are absolute and unequivocal, and that the Left relentlessly clings to a narrative that bears no relationship to those stubborn facts:
1. Trump’s reference to MS-13 gang members as animals. The fact is unequivocal: There is a video showing Trump being asked a very specific question about MS-13 gang members and giving an answer that manifestly refers to MS-13 gang members, who enjoy torturing people to death and then mutilating their bodies, rather than immigrants generally, as “animals”:
Only someone deeply invested in a lie would contend that Trump was speaking of immigrants generally — but that is exactly what the entire mainstream media did:
“Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant,” screamed The New York Times‘s Julie Hirschfeld Davis. Her article referenced MS-13 only once, buried as an aside in the third paragraph: “He exhorted his administration to ‘do much better’ in keeping out undesirable people, including members of transnational gangs like MS-13.”
USA TODAY ran with the headline “Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.'” To their credit, Gregory Corte and Alan Gomez included a bit more context than The New York Times did. Even so, MS-13 did not come up until the fourth paragraph, and the opening sentence suggested that the president was “calling undocumented immigrants ‘animals.'”
NPR’s Scott Neuman ran with the same kind of twisted headline: “During Roundtable, Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals.’” Unlike USA TODAY and The New York Times, Neuman updated the story, including remarks from counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Perhaps worse than these selective headlines, various media outlets shared a selectively edited clip of Trump’s comments on Twitter. The clip removed the vital context of his comments — along with any mention of MS-13 — suggesting that the president was referring to all illegal immigrants as “animals.”
As recently as yesterday, Salon was still peddling the lie:
Salon is still peddling the lie that Trump was speaking of illegal aliens generally not MS-13 specifically. Salon journalists are clearly sociopaths. https://t.co/cS6TNInQwE
— Bookwormroom (@Bookwormroom) May 20, 2018
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