J.K. Rowling recently tweeted, or rather shouted through the medium of Twitter, about the video of Trump greeting disabled children.
Rowling wrote that it was “horrible” that Trump refused to shake a disabled boy’s hand (TMZ). She stated, “This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections” (TMZ). However, the eloquent Harry Potter creator soon found herself eating her own words.
Rowling’s strongly- worded tweet sparked the attention of the disabled boy and his mother. According to TMZ, the mother tweeted that the video was “misleading” and that the boy “wasn’t even trying to shake the president’s hand” (TMZ).
Now, let’s be real.
TMZ’s video does appear to show the disabled boy trying to shake Trump’s hand: https://youtu.be/CLSekPRtHiI He reaches out toward Trump not only once but twice. Additionally, the mother could simply be a Trump fan and her tweet could be her attempt to protect him.
Now, I’ve put my detective cap on for this one. I watched the video several times and researched some other videos and articles about this topic. I declare the story, “President Trump refused to shake disabled boy’s hand” to be… Fake News!
Trump didn’t skip over the boy or refuse to greet him. As a matter of fact, he spent several minutes speaking with the boy, singling him out from the rest of the crowd. Whereas TMZ’s video makes it look like he didn’t want to give the boy any attention, he actually gave him special attention.
This is one of those times where politics interferes with honest, non- biased reporting.
It’s not a coincidence that this video shows the boy reaching up to Trump but omits the part where Trump spends time talking to the boy. When people obsess over tiny details in videos, they end up framing stories in misleading and biased ways. Media professionals should, nay they must, not allow their political beliefs to affect their job performance. Otherwise, our news stories shall continue to be tainted.
Rowling wrote several tweets in response to the mother’s. She wrote, “Sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction. I very clearly projected my own sensitivities about the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw and if that caused any distress to that boy or his family, I apologise unreservedly” (yes, she spelled it with an s- those Brit’s are a strange bunch:).
This is yet another example of why celebrities ought to stay out of politics.
Johnny Depp, Kathy Griffin, and now J.K. Rowling expressed their political views to the media and then soon apologized. Depp and Rowling embarrassed themselves and Griffin destroyed her entire career with her Trump beheading video. I talk more about this here: https://www.facebook.com/monwinielspage/
When celebrities talk about politics, they’re in effect becoming demagogues- powerful speakers who use popular desires and prejudices to gain support rather than rational argument. A republic is supposed to avoid demagogues; celebrities should keep this in mind. A message to all celebrities: leave the political conversation to the politicians.
They talk enough for the rest of us.
Check out another article about fake news here: http://www.luxelifeatl.com/phelps-vs-great-white-shark-fake-news/