Narrative v. Facts, aka #FakeNews

Those of you who have been in my classes will recall that I strongly emphasize that anything you read about in the “news” about a use-of-force event must be presumed to be 100% wrong until proven otherwise. Sometimes the errors are simply honest mistakes, the result of simple ignorance, and sometimes the “errors” are a natural consequence of journalists propagandizing a desired narrative.

We have a great example of the latter in a recent article out of USA Today involving a woman convicted of murder attempting to escape liability for her crime by presenting herself as an innocent victim of evil men—a common theme in these cases is “woman as victim of sex trafficking.” (This form of narrative seems to be enjoying a particular popularity recently, as it was similarly propagated in the case of Cyntoia Brown.)

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