Why has every high-profile rape case and hate crime been later revealed as a hoax? Think back to a major hate crime such as the Ahmed/Clock box arrest. That was a hoax. Rolling Stone/UVA rape was a hoax. Duke lacrosse was a hoax. Lena Dunham lied about being raped to sell books and then walked away from her claim of being raped after the man she falsely accused threatened to sue her for libel.
Can you remember a high-profile rape or hate crime that wasn’t later revealed to be a hoax? What’s going on?
How to understand the news.
Ask: “What does the media want to be true?”
Omar Alnatour is a name you will not recognize as he’s a nobody and loser on his own. Yet as a blogger for the Huffington Post, he is supposed to behave ethically and honestly when reporting the news. Or at least he should have some common sense.
Like everyone else in the media, Omar Alnatour follows the Rules of Social Justice Journalism. He does not fact-check but instead asks whether something he is sharing pushes the media’s desired narrative.
Thus Omar Alnatour makes for an effective target to troll. While many of us troll for fun, there is a higher purpose to it. Trolling exposes frauds.
Omar Alnatour falls for the Sam Hyde hoax.
Sam Hyde, a/k/a Million Dollar Extreme is an Internet performance artist. Whenever a high-profile shooting or protest occurs, Sam Hyde is named as the ring leader.
Many will spread disinformation campaigns to ensnare unethical journalists in our nets.
While some may view the Sam Hyde meme was a prank, consider that many journalists and other “smart people,” without fact-checking or doing any sort of Googling, fall for it.
Omar Alnatour quickly reported that the ring leader of a recent peaceful protest in Oregon was Sam Hyde.
“His name is Sam Hyde. He of course deleted this tweet. Let’s make sure it doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Alnatour thought he was onto a big story! He could have run Sam Hyde’s name through Google, but that might cause him to uncover information that doesn’t fit the narrative. It’s better to remain blind to the truth when pushing narratives.
How to avoid confirmation bias:
What do you want to be true?
While it’s fun to mock the media, we are committed to becoming more thoughtful people. We do not act as free-thinking people when we our desire to have our biases confirmed overcomes our rational thought.
For example, Craig Considine – who wants you to call him Dr. Craig Considine – began spreading an obvious hoax meme. Pictured below is an MS paint imaged of Sam Hyde.
“The KKK is the most dangerous terrorist organization in America. It always has been. Racism.”
Despite all evidence, Craig Considine wants to believe that the KKK is the most dangerous terrorists organization in the U.S.
Now one might ask him to show him the bodies. How many people have the KKK killed? Have Klansmen killed more or less people than, say, Black Lives Matters?
Dr. Craig Considine is not interested in that sort of analysis!
How to avoid media hoaxes.
Ask what the media wants to be true.
What does the media want to be true?
- Men are rapists.
- White men are especially evil.
- Women are oppressed.
- There is a gender pay gap.
- Michael Brown was a good boy who didn’t do nothing wrong.
- Building a wall on the Southern border is racist.
- Saudi Arabia is our greatest ally.
- Israel is our greatest ally.
- Muslims are oppressed.
Whenever you read a story pushing one of those narratives, assume that the story is false. Even if the “journalist” is not outright lying, you can be assured that like Omar Alnatour, no one did any fact-checking.
Even if you aren’t right 100% of the time, you’ll be correct far more likely than you’ll be incorrect.
For example, the media reported that hate criminals started a fire in a Houston mosque. As it turned out, the arsonist was a Muslim looking to receive media sympathy. When the hate crime was exposed as a hoax, “journalists” like Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw wrote headlines saying, “Houston mosque fire investigation turns up unlikely suspect.”
Actually, the best suspect in widely-reported hate crimes are the alleged victims, as hundreds of stories show. (Read: Eleven Hate Crime Hoaxes.)
Forget about the media for a minute.
Confirmation bias ruins lives.
Forget about the media for a second.
All of us fall for hoaxes, and we often invest in companies or get involved in relationships that are bad for us.
Have you ever heard someone say, “If it sounds to good to be true….”?
That homespun wisdom is a recognition of the cognitive bias known as confirmation bias.
If something sounds too good to be true to you, then you want it to be true, and you might accept it as true even if it isn’t.
When you desperately want something to be true, chill out for a minute.
Find evidence showing why what you want to be true is false. In other words, prove yourself wrong.
Weigh the evidence, reach a conclusion, and error on the side of going against what you want to be true.
You’ll make better decisions in life.
P.S. If you liked this article, check out Essays on Embracing Masculinity.
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