Spin, spin, spin

I rarely comment on the goings on of Westboro Baptist Church. They have a right to protest and others have a right to counter-protest and I’ll leave it at that. However I noticed the difference between how the church tried to spin a recent protest on Vine compared to a video from a counter-protester on YouTube that showed more of what occurred at the end of the protest.

As is usually the case with political spin like in the Vine, so much is used in order to be taken and out of context by selectively leaving a lot of information out. As an article from the Huffington Post notes, the church abandoned their protest 8 minutes into their planned 30 minute protest, and that the local police made no arrests and stated, “that the crowd remained ‘relatively respectful.'”

The point I am trying to make is, as a consumer of information and as a citizen, it is very important make an effort to understand both sides of the issues that are important to you and at the center of your life. It will certainly allow you to take a more complete look at the world all around you and communities and neighborhoods that we live in and are engaged with in our lives.

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