The Hidden Agenda #25 🕵️🔍

 What  We're back with #25 of our Hidden Agenda series. The idea is to expose the hidden agenda in stories that are mostly being reported on one side of the conversation.  And  If you have time, reading the articles in this segment will better help you understand the point we're trying to make.

What

We're back with #25 of our Hidden Agenda series. The idea is to expose the hidden agenda in stories that are mostly being reported on one side of the conversation.

And

If you have time, reading the articles in this segment will better help you understand the point we're trying to make.


LEFT TOPIC: Controversial Twitter user is exposed

NY Times: An Online Agitator, a Social Media Exposé and the Fallout in Brooklyn
 


Summary: John Schneider spent 5 hours in jail - implies Hollywood bias affected the court decision

Hidden agenda: Conservatives are going to jail for their political beliefs

Indicators in the article:

  • Title does not mention the crime that sent him to jail, only his quote saying “there’s a bias against conservatives” in Hollywood, which makes it seem like he went to jail for the sole reason of being a conservative
  • Only quotes John Schneider’s side of the experience, no quotes from trial or prosecutor as to why they decided to levy this punishment

What's missing:

  • Mention of missed alimony payments in title
  • Evidence of bias towards conservatives in the judicial system in the Hollywood area

 

 

 

 

 

Summary: Huffington Post exposedthe identity of Twitter user @amymek, who has made several anti-Muslim comments. Her brother’s Brooklyn restaurant suffered customer backlash afterward

Hidden agenda: Families are fair game in trial-by-media and should distance themselves from extreme family members to avoid backlash

Indicators in the article:

  • Discusses emptying of brother’s restaurant after HuffPo article came out
  • Talks about how the restaurant had to denounce @amymek to start getting customers back
  • Mentions that @amymek’s husband was fired from his job after the exposé
  • Multiple quotes about how the HuffPo writer was being threatened for his piece

What's missing:

  • Asking the HuffPo writer whether it was moral to expose family members
  • A discussion of whether its OK for customers to punish a restaurant for the comments of an unassociated sibling
  • Should someone lose their job due to the words of a spouse?

 


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