I know I am biased but every American would benefit from taking History classes and learning the language of historical thinking.
This morning two commentators were on CNN talking about how a gunman, claiming he was investigating a fake news story about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, fired shots in a Washington D.C. pizzeria.
Yes, you read that correctly, a guy acted on a fake news story and could have killed someone. Perhaps he was mentally unstable. Perhaps he was one of the many people who feel empowered to do this kind of thing in the #ageoftrump. Or perhaps he was completely incapable of deciphering the difference between a fake news story and a real one. To make matters worse, CNN is reporting that the son of Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser, apparently created this story. Flynn himself has promoted similar stories.
In the course of the on-air discussion, both CNN commentators tried to say something about the importance of truth, evidence-based arguments, critical examination of…
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