A woman in a crowded room with cameras rolling everywhere claims she was grabbed by another man. The media ran with a narrative, namely that someone on Trump’s campaign attacked the woman, who was a reporter. The problem is that no one knows if this is true.
Reality, my friends, is complicated.
Let’s take a look at this mess. It will make us better thinkers.
- Michelle Fields, who has a book coming out in June and needs some publicity for her book tour, was grabbed by someone. Whether this was a brush (as it appears to me) or something more is unknown.
- The story became that she was thrown to the ground by Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
- A journalist for the Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove, reported that Breitbart reporter Matt Boyle told Grove that Lewandowski confessed to grabbing Fields.
- Ben Shaprio and other SJWs ran with this claim, calling everyone who didn’t believe Fields’ story women beaters.
- Boyle claimed in an email to Lewandowski that Grove is lying.
- Jabin Botsford, a photographer for the Washington Post, photographed the entire scene. He lied about attending the event rather than share his pictures with the world.
- The story is still developing!
P.S. Do you find is fascinating that this story broke just days after media and big money interests met to discuss ways to destroy Donald Trump?
Off the coast of Georgia last weekend a group of nervous business moguls and politicians met up at a private island resort. They weren’t visiting Sea Island to party, though; they were all guests at an annual closed-press event hosted by a conservative Washington think tank.
And this year they banded together around one common goal: stopping Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, as The Huffington Post reports.
What’s the moral of this story? Reject narratives.
Jabin Botsford committed journalistic fraud because, as this retweet shows, he’s committed to a narrative. Namely, the narrative that Trump rallies are violent places for journalists.
Nearly everyone else in the media shares that narrative.
When you believe a narrative, all evidence is filtered through it. Your own reality is distorted.
Even I view the world through narratives.
Now think about the migrant refugee/rape crisis. Are Muslim men out raping women, or are we being hysterical by buying into a false narrative?
Based on what I’ve seen myself in Europe, I’d say no, we aren’t buying into a false narrative. Migrants are raping women in far greater numbers than native born Europeans are. This is a real problem that needs to be addressed before immigration into the U.S. can occur.
Always be aware of your biases, as your thinking errors can cost you a lot of time and money.
What do you want to be true? How badly do you want it to be true?
Most of us have little control over world affairs. We do have some control over our personal affairs.
How badly do you want this investment someone is selling you to pay off? Go talk to some men about their 100% certain investments…that bankrupted them. If an investment is so hot, why is someone selling it to you rather than making it themselves?
How badly do you want to believe that she loves you? Maybe she does, or maybe she’s using you. What do your friends and family have to say? (Will you even listen?)
The more you want something to be true, the slower you need to move. You need to reason far more deliberately than usual.
You won’t always be right, but you’ll avoid falling into the biggest traps of life.