Critical Thinking Skill Builder

In an age when pencil-necked eggheads are mocked as cuckolded weenies, and critical thinking is discouraged in public discourse, it is more important than ever to keep the critical thinking skills sharp.   I offer the excellent analysis, from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, as a great short primer on how to critically read mainstream news.    Check out Janine Jackson’s brilliant, and simple, dissection of the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post’s contorted description of President Trump’s accidental bit of truth-telling, when he candidly revealed to FOX news that making access for voting easier was “crazy,” explaining that expanding voting options would result in:

“levels of voting that if you ever agreed to it you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

Here is the paragraph Janine Jackson dissected, read it slowly and thoughtfully:

Trump didn’t expand on the thought. But he clearly linked high turnout to Republicans losing elections. The most generous reading of his comment is that he was referring to large-scale voter fraud resulting from the easier vote-by-mail options; Trump has in the past baselessly speculated about millions of fraudulent votes helping Democrats in the 2016 election. The more nefarious reading would be that allowing more people to participate in the process legally would hurt his party because there are more Democratic-leaning voters in the country.

As Janine Jackson points out, would you rather be generous or nefarious?  An idiotic reduction of the choices.

Here is a line edit, for clarification:

Trump didn’t expand on the thought, frequently expressed privately by Republican strategists acknowledging the unpopularity of most of their policies, which tilt famously toward the wealthiest 1%.

But he clearly linked high turnout to Republicans losing elections, something borne out in recent elections as his party veers to the extreme right; reducing turnout is something his party’s voter suppression efforts in many states is designed to do.

The most generous reading of his comment is that he was not lying this time, as this paper has documented he has publicly done over (insert latest number, north of 20,000) times in the course of his presidency.  

He was likely referring to the completely debunked claim of large-scale voter fraud resulting from the easier vote-by-mail options;

Trump has in the past baselessly speculated about millions of fraudulent votes helping Democrats in the 2016 election.  Mike Pence and Chris Koback, two Trump loyalists appointed to investigate this alleged fraud, were unable to turn up any proof of widespread voter fraud in the months before their commission was disbanded.

The more nefarious logical reading of the president’s comment would be that allowing more people to participate in the process legally would hurt his party because there are more Democratic-leaning voters in the country.

Not so fucking hard, Jeff, you evil fucking fuck.

 

 

 

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