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If You See This Photo Of Bill Clinton In North Korea, Do Not Share It

Our world has changed a ton in the digital age, and those changes show no sign of slowing down. One of the biggest changes has been in the way we receive and disseminate information. Virtually everything we need to know is just a few clicks away. It’s even a snap to share particularly interesting tidbits with the rest of the world. While that sounds great and all, it’s also a situation that’s fraught with landmines.

There’s always been a certain amount of bias in reporting, but it’s never been more apparent and blatant than it is in the current political climate. Neither side of the aisle is innocent in that regard, and that’s part of what’s led to the phenomenon known as ‘fake news.’ Differing viewpoints push out their preferred narrative with little regard for the actual facts of the story, and the end result is false information being treated as gospel.

As Politifact points it, a perfect example of that has been making the rounds in the wake of the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea. Many folks are overly concerned with who the fingers should be pointed at for allowing it to get to this point. Quite frankly, there’s bigger fish to fry here. The situation is incredibly frightening and dangerous, and it has the potential to escalate even further.

In a perfect world, that information would lead to a tempering down of the political rhetoric. Perfection remains out of our grasp. We have folks that feel it’s important to use the opportunity to advance the anti-Trump narrative. This is done without concern for the ramifications that the narrative has on the world stage right about now, and that’s just downright irresponsible and selfish. The same applies on the other side as well, as some folks want to point the finger at the Obama administration - and even the Clinton administration - for allowing things to get to this point.

The cold hard reality is that it doesn’t matter how we got here. We have to play with the cards we’ve been dealt, and political divisiveness is not going to help us solve this puzzle. A simple example of something that’s not helping the situation in any way, shape or form comes courtesy of a meme that has gained a ton of traction. Yes, a meme. Some folks are treating said meme as gospel, and using it to advance the narrative of their choosing.

"Bill Clinton gave North Korea $5 billion and two nuclear reactors in 1994, essentially giving them nukes," the meme reads.

The meme is complemented by a photo of Clinton with former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and it’s being treated as some sort of a smoking gun to prove that it’s all Clinton’s fault. Perhaps it is, but perhaps it’s not. Does it really matter at this point?

We have a dictator of a rogue nation that has nuclear weapons at his disposal. He’s threatened to launch them towards US territory in Guam. As such, President Donald Trump has made it crystal clear that our nation will not be shy about responding with force.

While the situation is not the equivalent of the Cuban missile crisis that took place during the Kennedy administration, it can escalate to that point in a heartbeat. Political finger pointing does nothing to help that, but it may exacerbate it.

Source: Politifact, The Nation
Photo: Politifact

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