In my new book The God Bet, I talk a lot about recognizing false frames that the media sets up to trick and confuse people. There is even a bonus section at the end of the book with an index of false frames that the left and the media use to define issues in dishonest ways to attack Republicans. This week a friend posted a video that was going around social media that uses so many false frames in such a short video that it would be a great opportunity to help you filter them out and “unspin” issues that the left is trying to manipulate you with because they think you’re gullible. Let’s prove to them that we aren’t.
The video can be seen here and starts with a portion of the Republican Convention speech by Kimberly Guilfoyle on Monday night. The caption said that it was full of lies so I was interested to hear why she would lie when all the truth is already on our side. In it, they edit to show parts of the speech where she is being emphatic and raising her voice, as well as parts where she is legitimately criticizing what Democrats will do if they win in November. The lies were not in there.
Then the podcaster who made the video pops on the screen and I figured out where the lies begin. He starts with a supposed joke that her speech is in the style of North Korean propaganda and that her speechwriter was Mussolini. Then he gets to the false frames. He claims that “the modern GOP is predicated on divisiveness and hate and bigotry.” What does he use as his proof? He continues, “Trump’s campaign was launched on the promise of banning Muslims and banning Mexicans from this country.” A half-truth and a boldface lie. With regards to Muslims he never suggested ejecting law abiding Muslim citizens from the United States. He did propose a temporary travel ban on countries where a large percentage of the population supports terrorism or sharia law, not because of bigotry or hate, but for national defense purposes. With regards to our Mexican immigrants, he does not want to ban your neighbor who legally immigrated here. He does want to stop people who break our laws from crossing our borders. To say that that is a ban on Mexicans is like saying if Disneyland banned me from sneaking in without paying it was a ban on white people from the park.
Later in his diatribe he has some better jokes than late night comedians have told in years, but that isn’t hard. He says that “optimism does not compute for this party (Republicans),” and jokes that, “you’d have more luck going into Home Depot for lasagna than expecting uplift from the GOP.” He says that Republicans are fearmongering and “are only capable of governing by fear.” He wasn’t even intending to be funny, but honestly, how hilarious are his claims? Republicans are divisive, pessimistic, and govern by fear? Let’s compare and see which party is more divisive, pessimistic, and fearmongering?
Poor people are victims of the evil rich. Gay people are the victims of intolerant Christians. Women are the victims of sexist men. Immigrants are victims of xenophobic white people. Black people are the victims of racist white people. The police are bigots who go to work each day trying to murder black people. You should vote for us to protect you from all these divisive, fearmongering monsters. Also, if you don’t vote for us you’re going to die from coronavirus if the world doesn’t end from global warming first.
America is a land of opportunity! If you work hard you can succeed no matter where you started. We are one nation, under God, and everyone should be free to worship as they please and live by those values. America is a great melting pot and immigrants are welcomed as equals on the day they take the oath of citizenship. Skin color is irrelevant. Black people are just as capable as white people. The police are heroes who try to keep law abiding citizens safe. If you vote for us we want you to enjoy your freedom and not have to worry about the government getting in your way.
Which party seems more divisive? Which one wants to scare you into voting for them?
But wait. It got better. After making the Bizzaro World claim that Republicans are the divisive ones, he defends the Democrats by denying reality. He says:
“What was par for the course was the fearmongering about Democrats; the threats about open borders and closed schools and sending jobs back to China and installing socialism and the police sending your calls to voicemail and controlling what you do and say… the thing is, none of that is true.”
The real thing is, he’s lying. That stuff is true. He claims that, “Zero Democrats are running on open borders.” They may not call it open borders but they fought against funding the wall and against any kind of real enforcement. Many of them have even voiced support for sanctuary policies and for abolishing ICE. Most Democrats do want schools closed and he even admits it later in the video. Democrats do want to put in place socialist policies and some, like Bernie Sanders, even call themselves socialists. This guy apparently hasn’t heard all of the talk about defunding police. I promise you that’s not coming from Republicans. As for controlling what you do and say, how can he deny it? Don’t Democrats want to control what you do with more of your money by taking it for the government? Don’t Democrats want to control where you can eat or whether you can go to a concert, sporting event, movie or church? Don’t Democrats want to control who bakers have to bake wedding cakes for? We could go on and on.
He says Republicans should run on real policy but then if we point out what Democrats actually stand for he calls it lies, straw man arguments, and fearmongering. Besides that, President Trump is running on policy. The Republican Convention this week was full of his policy accomplishments, because they are many. On the other hand, the only policy talk from Joe Biden at last week’s convention was that he would make the next four years smile free and faceless by requiring masks. Apparently that doesn’t count as controlling what you do.
This video is a great example of how the media tries to deceive you and it is not unusual. I watched President Trump’s inspirational, accomplishment filled acceptance speech Thursday night and then flipped around the news channels to hear what they were saying. The entire mainstream media really is like the Bizzaro World, where everything is opposite of reality. They told me his optimistic speech about American greatness, faith in God, and freedom was really about anger and divisiveness. It was perplexing, but I expected it. I always understand that the mainstream media is trying to manipulate us. You should too.