Alyssa Milano tweeted the graphic above with the caption you see below it. Bless her heart, she probably thought it was clever. It was intended as a shot at Trump, but one person replied that he saw three unhappy scenes and one where people were smiling. His conclusion was Trump makes people happy.
There are four media narratives depicted by those four scenes. “Bill Clinton feels your pain.” “George W. Bush is a compassionate conservative.” “Obama cares.” “Trump just loves attention.”
Those narratives affect how news is gathered and presented. Photographers take a zillion pictures of our Presidents. Now that cameras are digital they don’t have to worry about the cost and hassle of developing film. But they usually only publish one or two pictures out of every hundred that are taken. The news editors decide which pics to publish, and they look for the ones that fit their narratives.
Donald Trump showing compassion does not fit their narrative. So the pictures of Trump consoling grieving victims and families don’t get taken. If they get taken they don’t get published. If they don’t get published you can’t google them.
And that’s assuming that Google doesn’t tweak their search algorithm to make the pics hard to find.
The old adage says that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But some pictures lie. They don’t actually show what they seem to depict. Take the picture below. It appears that Obama is checking out some underage girl’s ass. But if you watched the video of that scene you would see that isn’t what he was doing. (Sarkozy yes, Obama no.) Seriously, Obama checking out a girl? As if.
Gotta go, time to take Mom to church.