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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    That top picture had my lefty friends on twitter saying, paraphrased, “THIS CONFIRMS MY PRIORS!”

    To contrast, my righty friends looked at the same picture and said “NO, THIS CONFIRMS *MY* PRIORS!”Report

  2. Avatar Mark Van H says:

    The first photo doesn’t only confirm my priors, but seems to be portray the actual ambiance and outcomes of the G7 meeting better than the second photo, which makes it a fair choice imho.
    I mean, regardless of photos, it’s not like Donald and Angela are suddenly besties planning sleepovers and sharing a ice-cream.Report

  3. The first one looks exactly like the soloist during a performance of PDQ Bach’s Concerto for Piano vs. Orchestra.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    One thing that bothered me from early in the administration was how an entire narrative of a marriage was spun by selecting certain photos from probably millions of shots of Melania. I’m not saying she’s happy, but there were plenty of photos showing her happy if people wanted to show that instead.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Mark is right. We know that the G7 was an absolute disaster and Trump seems hell bent on destroying the alliance that existed since 1945. Why are we supposed to believe that if media picked the second picture everything would be rosy?Report

    • Hell bent is probably the wrong description. In some ways that would at least annotate that he has a plan, or purpose, or though process. I am far more troubled by the casual off-handedness of everything Trump does. Occasionally that works for him but situations like this it is obvious that he just doesn’t care. I am well aware this is a major selling point to his most die hard supporters, but it is also one of the main reasons I could not support his candidacy. It was obvious his leadership style is that of a chaos maker, and it is not translatable to running the executive of our country. Eventually it will fail, and spectacularly so.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw says:

        Coherent philosophies can also fail spectacularly!

        I don’t think Trump understands the idea of a win-win situation. This might be slightly understandable in the world of Manhattan real estate. He seems to surround himself with people whose views of the world are zero-sum.

        And Trump’s spectacular fail is going to cause long term damage to our credibility, trustworthiness, and economy. The only way Anyone will be pleased is if they are hardcore isolationists.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        One very good example of Trump’s casual off-handiness is his apparent custom of tearing up a paper after he signs it. Since the federal government needs these papers, a White House employee has to tape them back up again.Report

        • Avatar Morat20 says:

          Since the federal government needs these papers, a White House employee has to tape them back up again.

          I believe the two people doing that were fired. They don’t know why, they just showed up to work and told they were no longer employed, and the only answer they got was “You serve at the pleasure of the President”.

          I give it maybe 15% odds that they were replaced, or that Trump’s torn-up papers are being taped back together.

          Which I think violates a few laws, but what else is new?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      I think the right picture for the right narrative was chosen, in the overall. The fact that pro-Trump and anti-Trump people both seem to like it actually sort of indicates that these are the dynamics we are working with.

      What mostly stood out to me was how much a picture can help shape a narrative, whether right or wrong.Report

      • Avatar pillsy says:

        I think @jaybird is right. The first picture was treated as accurate because it matches people’s priors, and the second picture would have been dismissed for clashing with them.

        That’s sort of what “priors” are, after all.Report

    • Avatar Chip Daniels says:

      As long as I have been aware of politics, dating to the Vietnam era, there has been a percentage of Americans who hold what I call the “drunk at the end of the bar” mentality of world events.

      Except until now there have been adults in the room.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw says:

        I don’t think hardcore nationalism is unique to the United States. Japan has long been known for right-wing nationalist forces that continually wish to downplay their crimes against humanity during the 1930s and WWII. I admit my zero knowledge of Japanese makes it impossible for me to say whether this nationalism is expressed in equivalent language.Report