One of the best things the mainstream media could do to improve the political climate is to grow a sense of humor. We saw a great deal of consternation about “manipulated media” last week when Donald Trump shared a video of Joe Biden dancing to the rap song “F*** Tha Police,” prompting Facebook and Twitter to “fact check” the video and warn it is “manipulated media.” .
No, the video is not “manipulated.” It is parody. It is satire. Parody and satire are not “lies” and are not meant to deceive the reader. If that were the case, we would have to fact check every Saturday Night Live skit going back to 1975. There is no need to issue a “warning” about the video and provide “context” of Biden listening to a different song. Everyone knows it is a joke.