White House Coronavirus Commemorative Coins: or How Quickly ClickBait Becomes Factual

A Facebook friend shared this headline yesterday: “WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOPCORONAVIRUS COLLECTOR’S ITEM …Commemorative Coins?!?

The headline was taken from an article by TMZ news. But the same general topic was covered by a number of sensationalist Left Wing news outlets. The strong implication and what elicited outrage for many, was that THE WHITE HOUSE was selling distasteful commemorative $100 coins. Well, yes The White House (non caps) WAS selling the coins…but they are a privately owned gift shop across the street from THE WHITE HOUSE! The post and other like it of course have quickly gone viral on social media and, yes, a lot of liberals immediately jumped on it.

It proves that it is human nature to practice bias confirmation when presented with unverified information. It is not only a conservative response, but also affects people regardless of political or religious affiliations. Thankfully, there are unbiased sources that can be turned to fact check. It took me less than a minute to find out that the actual Trump administration was not selling these coins, proving again that the average person would rather accept information that confirms their biases than take the time to check if it is factual or not.

The greatest danger to Americans being informed is not the proliferation of “fake news” but the acceptance of half truths as full truth.

Author: socalkdl

Like so many Evangelicals of late, I have grown weary of the so-called "Culture Wars." I can agree with Philip Yancey in his "Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News," that grace within the church seems to be a vanishing commodity. Although still connected to the Evangelical church I have often felt distant and removed from portions of its theology and interaction with a Post-Christian society. A few years ago I felt it necessary, for my own spiritual health, to step back and "deconstruct" my theological belief set. I had become too enmeshed in the Evangelical "bubble" to honestly and critically assess my conservative theological doctrines. What has followed in the past few years is my own journey of rediscovering the Bible, and, above all, rediscovering God. It has become a journey that still surprises and delights me. Not everything is new. The faith first delivered to me by the Evangelical church has been reaffirmed. The Good News is still the best deal out there. But there have been new discoveries as well. It is my hope that my posts encourage your own questions and reassessments. It is my conviction that, because we see through a mirror darkly, there are questions that are valid to ask, and that we should not be afraid to ask them. God bless you in your own spiritual journeys. Kirk Leavens

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