An article from the Memphis Commercial Appeal, part of the USA Today network caught my eye. Not because I read the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Heaven forfend! I know that Elvis fans love Memphis. It’s too delta for me; in other words, the humidity is brutal. No, the Knoxville News Sentinel, my hometown paper reprinted this article.
The article is by a “journalist” named Tonyaa Weathersbee. The article in question is titled “Confederate statue must go: Forrest represented slavery and murder, Health Sciences Park doesn’t”. Now, I read this article and then checked at the top for “Opinion” or “Editorial”. Nope. This was allegedly straight forward news reporting.
Now, when those who consider themselves elites and opinion makers say that there is no bias in news reporting, this is what causes me massive agita. Many of these elites won’t even acknowledge “advocacy journalism”. Although, I would argue that Miss Weathersbee passed go on advocacy and went straight to emotional manipulation.
Check out this form emotional manipulation, from the article: