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This piece is, in my opinion, an excellent description of how news stories control their narratives and how while what they may report isn't necessarily fake, it isn't necessarily genuine either. Much depends on what you leave out and how you represent your main character (since, let's be honest, these are stories even if they purport to be true). And that makes me think of this long piece attacking auto finance. It starts out with the story of Aaron Woodrum, a fellow who bought a truck, but couldn't keep it. Part of Aaron's problem is that he was unable to pay a high insurance premium along with his monthly finance payment. The premium, we're told by Aaron, was so high "because it was a financed car." He was paying 25 interest on the contract, so it was so high in part because he had lousy credit

The article soon leaves poor Aaron to wallow in his misery and and goes on to catalog the alleged evils of the industry. One of the comments, from a guy named ManicDan, responds to other commenters by saying "First few paragraphs are about 1 person, almost every comment is about that same person. I think most commentors have not finished the article yet." Maybe so, Dan, but the author started with the ballad of Aaron Woodrum to set the mood. Once you're sympathetic with Aaron, you will be offended by all the allegations against auto finance. So if people are attacking the entire article based on the main sob story and ignoring the "facts," the author set himself up for this response. 

 

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