GANNETT | 8-16-2017
On August 16, 2017, Gannett-operated newspapers in Wisconsin featured the following story, which was published at the height of the recent national hysteria concerning the appropriateness of Confederate monuments in public spaces:
As Confederate statues fall in U.S., Russians are erecting statues for dictator Stalin
Read the story here:
Can you spot the bias? Here, several types of bias can be found. Predominantly, though, we have bias by spin and context. Notice how the writer is subtly trying to equate Stalin – an individual who perpetuated the execution of millions – with Confederate military officers, many of whom served the United States both before and after the Civil War, and who certainly cannot be said to have committed the level of atrocities committed by Josef Stalin.
Further, the writer assumes that all Confederate officers “fought for slavery,” when, in fact, the personal reasons for choosing to side with the Confederacy versus the Union were far more complex than one being “pro-slave” or “anti-slave.” Nevertheless, the writer fails to provide this historical context, and instead, seemingly lumps the two groups of individuals in the same general category of “evil monster,” thereby justifying the Left’s narrative that all Confederate memorials should be removed from public sight.
The debate over Confederate memorials is certainly a valid one, but casting Confederate officers in the same light as Josef Stalin is a reach too far.