Politics

What a difference a little perspective makes

A case study in the phenomenon of “fake news” (or in any case, our inability to arrive at anything like an objective set of facts):

Last Saturday in Portland, Oregon activists marched through the streets in protest of the police killing of a black man named Patrick Kimmons. At one point, a silver Lexus drove through part of the crowd, members of which began running beside the car and hitting it.

Here’s a video of the incident from local KATU News:

Here’s a video of the same incident from the other side, behind the car as it drives into the crowd, shared by right-wing Facebook group Populist Wire:

And here is video of an elderly man who didn’t heed Antifa street orders — so they chased him down. #Portland

Each video presents the event completely differently. In one, a car drives into a crowd of people, who knock on the side of the car in a panic, urging him to stop. In the other, an innocent driver is surrounded and attacked by an unruly mob as he drives past. Yet each video is an objective document. One’s

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