I've started a rule. Any media organization that continues to perpetuate the fine people hoax is not worth my time and attention. I don't need the mental pollution. Just like I don't need to go to restaurants that serve bad food. Unfortunately, as a result I've tuned out from most media organizations. I might stop following the news totally soon. Fortunately, I haven't had to tune out any individuals because all the individuals I've shown the original fine people video to in my personal life have come to their senses... although not always without resistance.
The “fine people hoax” is something the media started after the Charlottesville event two years ago. The media always shows the clip of Trump saying “there were fine people on both sides” and leaves out the part after where he defines what people were fine and states “Neo-Nazis and white nationalists should be condemned totally.” The problem with this hoax is not simply that it is a lie which purposefully misinterprets Trump's words. That is typical of the media's propaganda. Not cool, but yellow journalism is nothing new. The bigger issue with the hoax is that it actually encourages Neo-Nazis and white nationalists when they fall for the hoax. Fortunately, Neo-Nazis and white nationalists are quite low in numbers, even though the media often makes it seem like they make up half the country. Here is the video, straight from a news organization that originally posted it. I see Trump saying that Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, antifa, and all the people who showed up looking for a physical fight are bad while normal people who showed up just because they do or don't like old statues are fine.
In this world, the first law of chaos (that the truth is different for everyone) rules. People who project guilt on Trump and thus have a special hate relationship with him see him as bad; people who project innocence on Trump and have a special love relationship with him see him as good. There are news sources that one can go to in order to project guilt on Trump and others (a much smaller selection) to project innocence. If the goal is guilt, the mind will try to filter everything to make the case for guilt. If the goal is innocence, the mind will try to filter everything to make the case for innocence.
Forgive me, but I look for the innocence without the specialness. And although innocence doesn't always correspond with the illusory world, innocence is the path to ultimate truth. For instance, just because a person insists 3-2=2 that doesn't make a person guilty... perhaps ill-informed but not guilty. Nonetheless, on the level of form, if a person uses force on you to make you agree that 3-2=2, that's not civilized behavior. Force is barbaric. Civilization is voluntary. Most of the time people don't use force like that. But most people do try to engage in such behavior when it comes to government. In that sense, politics is a loser game. To play the game is to condone force; it's war and all victories are incomplete and fleeting. The Charlottesville event was a microcosm of the loser game of politics and government.
When someone asks, "What are your politics?", what they are asking is, "In which ways do you like to use gangs to violently enforce your views on others?"
So, I don't have any special sympathy for those who perpetuate loser games of force. It's always two sides of the same illusory coin to me. If you don't like people initiating force on others, take that stance; stop cherry picking subjective ideas of good force versus bad force. And if you want to forgive, do that, stop cherry picking innocence.