How the press shapes our world

BS from NBC

The headline reads, “two arrested for gasoline hoarding”, which is a deliberate distortion of the facts  and one intended to scare viewers into what the editor feels is proper social behavior. What really happened, according to the article itself, is that a man collected money from his neighbors and drove to a gas station to fill 30 five-gallon buckets for them. The police arrested him and the owner for transporting gasoline in unapproved containers, which was proper – a plastic Home Depot bucket with a loose-fitting lid is a stupidly dangerous container and a van filled with thirty of them is a rolling bomb, but nowhere is “hoarding” mentioned except in the headline writer’s fervid imagination.

Pravda on the airwaves.


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4 responses to “How the press shapes our world

  1. AJ

    What does Pravda say on unemployment?

    ‘If we measure unemployment the way we did in the 1930s, today’s unemployment would be worse than any single year during the Great Depression.’

  2. Anonymous

    And how the press stretches facts from drama when it does not need to. The driver’s account — and any decent reporter would have visited/called the neighborhood to fact check he was collecting for others — is dramatic enough.

  3. Two nights ago at a gas station the man in front of us filled a five gallon poland spring cooler bottle with gasoline, put a paper towel over the top with a rubber band over it and loaded it into his truck. He then filled up a couple of paint cans.