Snopes Defends Trump

It looks like liberal website Snopes.com doesn’t want be devoured by the sinkhole of public disgust that is swallowing up and spitting out the corporate media.

A couple of days ago Snopes published an in-depth analysis of how anti-Trump hatchet jobs are fabricated. It’s hard to picture CNN being this fair. This doesn’t mean that Snopes has seen the light and joined the alt-right. I don’t know for sure what it does mean. I just know that it’s a good thing when the smear jobs perpetrated against Trump are exposed.

Excerpt from Snopes

Broadly speaking, most of the falsehoods levelled 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.

Some of these claims are downright fake, entirely fabricated by unreliable or dubious web sites and presented as satire, or otherwise blatantly false. But the rest — some of which have gained significant traction and credibility from otherwise serious people and organizations — provide a fascinating insight into the tactics and preoccupations of the broad anti-Trump movement known as “the Resistance,” whether they were created by critics of the President or merely shared by them.

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.

Infused throughout almost all these claims, behind their successful dissemination, is confirmation bias: the fuel that drives the spread of all propaganda and false or misleading claims among otherwise sensible and skeptical people. Confirmation bias is the tendency to look for, find, remember and share information that confirms the beliefs we already have, and the tendency to dismiss, ignore and forget information that contradicts those beliefs. It is one of the keys to why clever people, on all sides of every disagreement, sometimes believe stupid things that aren’t true.

We’re going to take a look at the four major types of falsehood we found, which correspond with Donald Trump’s four public personas, and point out along the way how various errors in thought have played a role in their origins and their spread.

Donald Trump: International Embarrassment

INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT. TRUMP ISN’T TAKING NOTES OR PAYING ATTENTION.

What’s remarkable is the extent to which false claims about the President revolve around body language, nonverbal gestures and symbolism, all phenomena that are notoriously open to interpretation. These lies and misrepresentations are also often based on snapshots — visual evidence presented without proper context.

Take, for example, the claim that Trump was the only world leader at a G7 summit in May not to take notes, based on a photograph posted to Twitter by French President Emannuel Macron. Here Trump was portrayed as unprepared and out of his depth on the world stage, with a “ten-second attention span”. However, the claim was entirely untrue, with other images and video of the meeting showing that Trump did indeed have notes and a pen. Not only that, but the very image used to make the false claim clearly shows two other world leaders sitting with no note-taking paraphernalia. In this case, even the cherry-picked evidence chosen to make the point undermines it.

The remainder of the article carries through in the spirit expressed in this excerpt. Significant lies about President Trump are called out, while the reader is shown the logical framework behind the lie.

Regular readers of this and other alt-right sites know the routine, which is why we ignore most of the ridiculous anti-Trump nonsense that the corporate media and Trump-hating Tweeters spew out 24/7.

3 thoughts on “Snopes Defends Trump

  1. If Trump does not smash the US (((Media))) it will smash him. Richard Nixon failed to take on the media, and it took him down. Nixon appointed the unpunished war criminal Henry Kissinger. This proves the Jew power goes way back, to before 1913 in fact when the takeover of the USA was formalised.
    The USA pays $250 billion a year in interest to Jews on money that never existed. By borrowing more fake money of course.
    The USA (Trump) should end the fed, and abrogate all debts to the fed. Only repaying all those bonds held by authentic non jew individuals and foreign Governments – not foreign National Banks owned or controlled by jews.

    PS Microsoft Word tries to prevent spelling jew or muslim in lower case – even when I added these words to the dictionary.

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