Omit and Retract…Later
The frequency which this propaganda technique is being employed by the Washington Post is breathtaking. Readers of said paper, beware! An article is run with a false or misleading headline, significant errors or ommissions in the content and then corrected later after being disseminated throughout the bloggesphere and social media. Retractions or corrections are never disseminated in a similarly broad fashion therefore the original distorted content gets traction in the minds of the people who are already on to the next news cycle and barely paying attention when the correction is made. Brietbart has the story on the latest propaganda sleigh of hand.
The Washington Post’s original report set off a wave of stories across the world, causing raised eyebrows over Trump’s “extremely unusual” decision to fire a general in the middle of the presidential oath of office ceremony, especially during these dangerous times.
The paper reported that Major General Errol R. Schwartz, who has commanded the D.C. National Guard since his appointment to the position by George W. Bush, was told to vacate his office the moment Trump says his “I dos” to the oath of office. The decision was presented to readers as unfathomable, if not dangerous, by a president who doesn’t know what he is doing.
In an interview, General Schwartz told the paper that his firing was strange. “The timing is extremely unusual,” the general said.
“My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz continued. “I’ll see them off, but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” The general added he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”
Subsequent to the publishing of the paper’s story making Trump appear incompetent, news emerged that the incoming Trump administration offered to let General Schwartz keep his position through inauguration day, but it was the general himself who refused the offer, preferring instead to quit at 12 noon on January 20, the hour Trump takes his oath of office.
The general then ran straight to the media to “argue his case in the press,” as a recent Fox News report noted.
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