Fun tip: If someone is gauging truth on a scale between two complex and emotional concepts, they're probably dirt-eating crazy. I mean, come on guys -- we've all seen Donnie Darko. And the Alex Jones scream rag isn't alone here. When Facebook announced they would fact-check articles with Snopes and Politifact, some sites declared the move to be "liberal propaganda."
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Calm your smug, liberals, because the act of shuffling reality to justify extremism isn't party-exclusive. As someone who tends to have more left-leaning Facebook friends, I was subject to an unbelievable slurry of headlines from Daily Kos and Occupy Democrats declaring that the electoral college was totally going to overturn Trump's victory (spoilers: they didn't, and there was never much evidence that they would). But to a lot of worked-up progressives, questioning that narrative (or any hyperbolic anti-Trump headline) is somehow treated the same as giving Hitler a greased "Thank you" handy at a Kid Rock concert. Because fact-checking has now become a partisan fucking act - especially now since our new commander-in-chief is a pathological Twitter maniac.
This is our fucking president now.
When Trump won, there were a lot of reasons for people to be scared and upset. But for me, a news researcher and fact-checker, one of the saddest aspects was watching a large group of Americans proudly embrace total ignorance like an ideology. This new divide wasn't between liberals and conservatives, but between informed and misinformed voters. Lord knows that Republicans have been just as vocal about the dick-clownery going on from the Trump camp.
In the normal political arena, disagreements happen when multiple parties have different interpretations of facts. Only Trump doesn't recognize facts at all. He rejects them like middle-aged spouses. That's why he's basically the only political leader (from either side) refusing to recognize the overwhelming evidence of Russian hacking. We've seen him bend logic to such a mind-fucking extent that he denied making a statement minutes after he made it. All political debate against him is a Mad Hatter Monopoly game in which he sweeps all the pieces off the board, pisses in your soda, and walks off with the bank.
Seriously. He will be in Disney's Hall of Presidents. Jesus Christ.
And people voted for this. They boldly bought his insane and blatant lies because their sense of logic had been drowned out by emotion and personal bias ... all thanks to a world that gave credence to anonymous feelings over thoughtful and researched discussion. Trump was all of the problems I've described here combined into one ubermensch of hogwater. And now he could use his most powerful position to further detach supporters by labeling a flabbergasted press as sinister liars while proudly proclaiming himself as the same.
And the weirdest part is that all these observations are somehow considered a partisan bias. There are people who will read this and conclude that I'm just some "butthurt libertard/cuckservative who can't get over Pepe Trump's victory." But I don't give a wheeling turd about Hillary or Ted or Jeb. I'm a professional fucking news researcher who observed a president-elect use xenophobia and bullying to gain media traction, lie pathologically to the American people, joke in private about sexual assault, incite harassment against private citizens, get put into power through piles of bipartisan evidence of influence from Russia (after he publicly asked them to hack America), and already begin to muck our relationship with China -- possibly leading to hostile actions.
If you think any of what I just said is politically biased, then too freaking bad. Go form some baby fantasy party based on Breitbart comments and Tumblr posts and gumdrop farts. Meanwhile, there are very real issues that need to be discussed, and we simply don't have the luxury of entertaining alternate reality fan-fiction anymore. Unless it's, like ... erotic.
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