Alternative Media Bias

This is from an article that popped up a couple times in my Facebook feed. Both personal and professional. An article titled:

“Supreme Court Rules that Cops DO NOT Need a Warrant to Search Your Home”

Now, there’s already a redflag. The capitalized letters for “do not”. That’s a sign of sensationalism and click-baiting. The article goes on to imply that the cops do not need a search warrant to search your house.

Now, the law basically says if you have a roommate and if you both disagree on whether the police can come in and search your home, the police can search your home anyway. But if you just look at the headline, what would you have thought?

I expect this from Buzzfeed, gossip cites, etc. However a website that titles itself the Free Thought Project is kinda disappointing. The article itself was poorly written and it’s still difficult for someone to understand what exactly the law is about due to the author making a snarky or passive aggressive comment about the government every other paragraph.

In other words, you have no property rights slave, and we can snoop through your personal belongings if we wish.

Then, at the very end, the author clarifies what should’ve been clarified in the headline and the first sentence.

While this doesn’t particularly allow for police to choose and enter any home they wish, it is nothing to be downplayed, especially since Justice Ginsburg, one of their own, even stated that this could lead to even more erosion of what is left of the 4th Amendment.

This isn’t a shot at the website itself or even the writer. However, this is the problem with “alternative media” or “alternative journalism” they can be just as bias as your everyday right-wing cable news channel. Granted, this article in question did provide a video which summed up the ruling perfectly (the article couldn’t do that with 400+ words). However, this is why alternative media needs the same scrutiny that the mainstream media does. It does cover stories that the mainstream doesn’t, but when you’re presenting them in a bias or poorly constructed manner, you’re just as bad as the big ones.

Another problem is how these articles are shared like wildfire. Please stop sharing articles you don’t read. If you’re going to read just the headline and scroll through the comments for a few seconds, it’s really not worth even clicking on the article at all. Otherwise it’ll get the point where Snopes or Truth-O-Meter will have to debunk it.

Another thing to note: This ruling is from February. This article blew up on my timeline just recently, so I’m assuming the Gay Marriage ruling was the cause so Supreme Court cases are spreading around again.

That said, the ruling is pretty stupid.

See the article here: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/supreme-court-rules-cops-warrant-search-home/

Apply the same thing to clickbait headlines, Calvin. That’s all we have the patience for, apparently.

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