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.
“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.
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:
“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.
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.
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