Commentary: Taking It Out Of Context -It’s Not The First Time, So Don’t Take It At Face Value

 

But it is the oldest trick in the book. It takes all sorts in the world of free speech, including when they’re taking it out of context. That is,

“To misrepresent the meaning of an utterance, an action, or a report thereof by omitting or altering the original context in which it was spoken or done.” (Source: idioms.thefreedictionary.com).

It’s intentional and often done for scandalous reasons.

Consider,

“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’” Genesis 2:16-17.

“Now the serpent was craftier than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, you must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” Genesis 3:1

“The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “ Genesis. 3:2

Frankly, I could not think of a singular example were words were taken out of context for pernicious reasons other than the above, it’s a classic example throughout the history of this world.

Can you think of an example were something was taken out of context for nefarious reasons that surpasses the above? I couldn’t…for therein was mankind’s original sin.

But, speech can still be taken out of context for other wrongful purposes.

To illustrate, in the current state of politics, the 2020 political season, almost daily, language is being taken out of context, for no other reason than to create friction and divide the President’s base.

I’m talking about the President’s press conference were he was joined by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, on August 20, 2019, at the Oval Office.

 

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It was here were a reporter asked President Trump:

“On Israel, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, yesterday, said that the United States should rethink its policy of aid toward Israel after she and Congresswoman Tlaib were denied entry. Congresswoman Tlaib was later allowed to come in, but she decided not to. Should there be any change in U.S. aid to Israel?” (Source: The Last Refuge).

President Trump answered: “No.”

He answered the question that should have been sufficient. After all, everything he says, can and will be used against him by the media.

But the President is an honest man, so he proceeded to attempt to provide a fuller answer with additional historical background.

 

The irony of it all is that the media completely disregarded the entirety of the President’s answer…

All they needed to do was report that the President answered “no,” to the question.

However, it’s clear, that’s not what they were interested in…today’s media is more concerned about sensationalism even it means taking it out of context, that’s why they focused almost exclusively on the word “disloyalty.”

Needless to say, the President’s lengthy and successful press conference with the Romanian President was likewise virtually ignored.

Perhaps it was an attempt to embarrass the President, but it was the media who created the narrative and hysteria solely from the word “disloyalty,” a snippet taken out of context from the last paragraph of the President’s answer to the question:

 

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“I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic party gone? Where have they gone were they are defending these two people over the State of Israel? I think any Jewish people that vote for a democrat I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” (Source: The Last Refuge)

This has resulted in a media frenzy creating conflicting “disloyalty,” headlines.

The website The Last Refuge, did a fantastic job in capturing and presenting the press conference Q&A session in its entirety.

To get the full depth of background to the President’s answer to the question, you can read the President’s entire press conference, with particular focus on the President’s full answer to the question here: “President Trump Welcomes, President Klaus Iohannis of Romania – With Press Conference (Video and Transcript)”

In this article I have presented two examples in an attempt to illustrate the meaning of the phrase “taking it out of context.”

 

In the current political climate, the American voter is cheated, when speech or “news” are taken out of context with spin, with political pandering.

As the elections draw closer, we can continue to expect more of this….

But, it should no longer be acceptable to say, “I don’t like politics” or “I don’t get involved in politics,” particularly when the destiny of the country that you are living in depends on it…

Perhaps never before has it been so important for the American voter to be informed, vigilant and not be so easily swayed by the politics of the media.

Be informed, get the facts, the full and complete facts, not the bits and pieces that the liberal media serves you.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you found it informative.

Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

10 thoughts on “Commentary: Taking It Out Of Context -It’s Not The First Time, So Don’t Take It At Face Value

  1. In the world where Social Media are transmitting news and facts in a fraction of a second, Traditional Media seem to be embroiled in a pile of rotten old-fashioned ideas and trying to hide the facts from audiences whose interests, thoughts, and ideals are changing day by day and expecting pristine and truthful News and Thoughts. Thankfully in the current world’s situation, people won’t rely merely on one resource where necessarily delivering just their own selective and scissoring News. These Media instead of truly provide the right information to the audience, they just seek to please their contemporaries,fellows,peers and their parties. Luckily this rapidly changing World is going to be prevent them to spread the fake rather than right News.Thanks to these amazing growth and advancement of Technology ,Our world is going to be rapidly passing through these era and closes those who try to restrict people from seeing and hearing. Therefore, Media also will sooner or later have to adapt to these changes Or they are doomed to Failure. Thanks for this informative post  

    The Sun of the Truth Will not Remain Behind the Cloud Forever!

    • Thank you for commenting Shirion.

      I agree that to find real news and the truth, it’s necessary not to rely on just one source.  We must do our own research.

      Gone are the days when news were strictly news without the glitter, sensationalism, half-truths and outright lies.

      Good day to you!

       

  2. Taking words out of context is common with people. It is a tool utilised in politics and by the media. The wise and discerning will therefore not take information at face value. An important person like Donald Trump willl likely be misinterpreted more often as he gets to be talked about all the time. This seems like what usually happens so we need to know this. Thanks.

  3. It’s very clear that sensational journalism have become a viable tool in today’s politics. Instead of imbibing by the ethics of the profession journalism has been gradually turned into a propaganda machinery. In my opinion I think the reason for taking president Trump out of context is for the sole reason of truncating his chances for second term in office.

    Personally I think President Trump is coming back unopposed any contrary views?

  4. Thanks, Christie
    I agree with the importance of being heard in your voting.  Even though I’m not American, many who live outside the USA do follow USA politics.  So for USA citizens or citizens of any country for that matter, I agree 100% that in has never been more important for voters to get informed, stay vigilant and not listen to everything on the media.

    The media is changing and there are agenda’s and forces behind and influencing parts of the media.

    So I agree Christie with the theme of what you are saying on USA politics and the need to make your own informed choices.

    However I don’t quite understand what you are trying to say about the biblical references in the initial part of the post.

    Can you please explain.  You seem to be saying that words in the bible are taken out of context for nefarious (wicked) reasons.  Do you mean my peoples interpretation in subsequent years OR the original authoring of the Bible in Genesis.  This text is figurative rather than for literal interpretation.  So it would help me and other readers if you could explain:

    1. It’s intentional and often done for scandalous reasons

    2. The words in Genesis being taken out of context for (pernicious, nafarious) wicked/causing harm or ruin etc reasons

    Hope to hear back from you about your thoughts.  Thanks so much, John

    • John,

      Thank you for your comment. 

      (1) Regarding your statement: “You seem to be saying that words in the bible are taken out of context for nefarious (wicked) reasons”: 

      I did not say or imply that at all in my article. 

      Though, I suppose such a situation is within the realm of possibility, where an individual would take words from the Bible out of context for their own purposes.

      Egregious is the implication that the words in the Bible are out of context or that the original author of the Bible was in error.

      Even the thought of that is nonsense. 

      For how could God the original author of the Bible, take his own words out of context?

      The Bible is the infallible word of God.  God is Perfect.  God is not a figure of speech and He is to be taken literally, God Is Real, God Is!
      Therefore, I do not agree with you that either the Bible or “This text is figurative rather than for literal interpretation.”  (I do concede that there is some symbolism particularly in Bible prophecy in the Book of Revelation, but that shall not diminish the authenticity of the revelation or the power of the word.)

      Furthermore, just as God wrote the 10 commandments, on two stone tablets and gave them to Moses, so, too God wrote the entire Bible. 

      In other words, God gave men the words to write and these men inspired by God wrote down God’s words on scrolls that we now know is the Bible. 

      (See, Exodus 24:12, “…I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commands, I have written…”; also, Revelation 1:11, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…)

      Thus, this is not figuratively speaking, but literally speaking.

      (2) Regarding your statement: “The words in Genesis being taken out of context for (pernicious, nefarious) wicked/causing harm or ruin etc reasons”

      I reiterate paragraph (1) above.  And further state that the devil took the words that God said, i.e.., “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden…” out of context, that is, “misrepresenting the meaning of the utterance and altering the original context,” to, “you must not eat from any tree in the garden…”

      Finally, regarding my headline, “It’s intentional and often done for scandalous reasons,” I was attempting to explain why words, speech or language are “taken out of context.”

      In other words, it is an intentional act to take words out of context.

      And when words are taken out of context usually it’s not to do good, but to create scandal, discord among other things. 

      Thus, the devil’s purpose in confusing and lying to Eve by taking God’s words out of context was to cause Eve to disobey God, the original sin.  Notice the words in my article, “for therein was man’s original sin.”    

      Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the first part of my post relating to the specific quotes I have referenced from the book of Genesis in the Bible.  I hope you find my explanations satisfactory..

  5. Very well written post.  US politics the past few years has certainly been challenging to say the least.  I am Canadian and yet we still are just as encased in US politics.  

    As we know everyone always has their own opinions about who they like and don’t like, but as the saying goes if you don’t vote you can’t have an opinion.  I believe everyone should just be informed and go vote.  Your post offers some good information about Trump and the media.  Good job. 

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