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Jared's comment about not reading the article is a good observation. One of my pet peeves about articles that I read in the internet is that the titles of the articles often don't match the contents of the article. The headline often sensationalizes one small facet of the article, but often borders on journalistic dishonesty as one goes in and actually reads and thinks about what is written. Such is the case with the above AlterNet article, but AlterNet is not as bad as the Huffington Post in that regard.
The TV networks and cable news are equally guilty in this respect. I'll watch a debate or an interview or an Obama press conference, and then later watch what clips they extracted. What they pull out to sensationalize is not often what I would have chosen. For example, President Obama might have a long detailed press conference going into intricate details on some aspect of his agenda. Then some body from the press corps asks a really stupid question, which gets a mild rebuff from the president. The headline is Obama's response to the jerk (usually someone from Fox News or the Daily Caller) with some headline like "Obama shows his anger at press"or something similar, which then is the topic of the Sunday talk shows ad infinitum.
Furthermore, the international media also sensationalize all the crazies in America including every word that people like Donald Trump says. In the Arab and Muslim world, Trump's words make headlines as well, so the perceptions of their citizenry of Americans are stereotyped as being "Trump supportive" as clips of Americans waving the American flag at Trump rallies are shown around the world.
One final point that I have made many times has to do with how we selectively hear and read. Frank Luntz, Republican strategist, pointed out, “We as Americans and as humans have very selective hearing and very selective memory. We only hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest.”
The same could be applied to what we read. We are all guilty of that, and the best evidence I can offer to support that premise is the members of this website.