I read a news article about this incident for the first time this morning and then logged onto Sailnet to post it for other's perusal. Before doing so, I found this thread and saw that the story had already been posted. I'm going to post the link to the story I read anyway, simply because the the article linked at the beginning of this thread and the one I read are so different. Yes, I read Fox news. No, I'm not prosletyzing or taking sides. What is interesting is how both articles are factually correct, but leave the reader with very different "take-aways" due to what facts they include or omit. Here's the link....
Couple sells all possessions for sailboat, sinks 2 days into trip | Fox News
Even in coverage of a simple event like this one, you can't get the full story from a single source. Expand that to the incredibly complex arena of national and global political interaction, and it becomes evident that there's no way anyone can get the full story from reading a single source, and that single sources definitely have innate biases. The Times article states that the guy was "sent to Breckenridge, Colo., to market timeshares," which sounds like his profession was beyond his control, while Fox states that he "booked timeshares for a living," which most likely invokes a negative reaction in most people. The Times article omits any mention of the couple's GoFundMe page, while Fox includes it, along with a quote from the woman saying "..money isn't everything." The quotes chosen for inclusion in the articles are very different, and certainly show the subjects of the article in very different lights. Had I read just the Times article, I would have had a much more sympathetic reaction to the couple. After reading the Fox article first and prior to having read the Times article, my reaction was that these lazy entitled ignorant folks experienced what could have been a good lesson early enough in life to recover, but didn't and figured they were still owed a life by everyone else. I'm glad I read the Times article; it detailed a little more thought and pre-planning into the venture and I can give the couple a bit more credit. In all honesty, I still can't find a whole lot of sympathy for them, mostly because of the "why work through life?" and GoFundMe attitudes. I'm glad they weren't hurt, and that the dog still has his toys.
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