Here’s a screenshot from today’s Yahoo News:
The top article is about a (black) football signee being arrested for attempted murder. The accompanying photo shows a white player.
The bottom story is about a man (a black man) who shot a cook at Waffle House because, earlier that day, he was required to wear a mask to get service.
Sandwiched in between is a story about white-supremacists and the far-right. Needless to say, there isn’t much substance to that article.
I can’t resist but to quote the middle article:
Simi said white supremacists and members of far-right organizations typically find the government to be “intrusive” and depriving them of liberty and their sovereignty.
“These are long tropes within right-wing extremists that have been around for a long long time,” he said.
Yes, those tropes have been around at least since the American Revolution. Good to know that all freedom-loving people are “far-right.”
Here’s a better look at the football player story:
Here’s the real Luke Hill:
Several people, in the Yahoo comment section, pointed out the deception.
From what I can see, there are three layers of deception in this kind of “news.”
- Selecting stories that fit The Narrative whenever possible, and leaving those stories on the main page longer.
- Using misleading thumbnails on the main page, so that readers are unaware of the reality, until they click on the actual story, and even then…
- Using misleading photos, and language, in the main story, forcing readers to do their own research to uncover the truth – in this case, that Luke Hill is not white. They know that very few readers will take the effort to do so.