If all you did was scan headlines or look at memes, you could be excused for thinking that Republicans were completely absent this weekend from Selma.
You’d also be wrong.
They subsequently published this update:
They also reported….
But Sen Minority Leader Harry Reid is not going as he recovers from eye surgery, his office said. The second and third ranking Senate Democrats — Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York — also won’t attend, according to their spokesmen.
On Wednesday, Lewis told CNN 96 members were expected on the chartered flight to Selma and some 15 to 20 more were planning to meet up in Birmingham and Selma, calling it “the largest group ever.”
At least two dozen Republicans were expected to be part of that group, according to a congressional staffer.
You can judge for yourself what all of this means.
The question of who attended and who skipped Selma struck me as a very good example of why it’s so important to get past headlines and to essentially ignore memes altogether as primary sources of information.
Originally posted at DidYouCheckFirst