This is a well known problem with the Watchtower, taking a quote out of context or fishing around for quotes which suit their purpose but do not really give the full picture of the subject or the full view of the person their quoting.
This thread though is not about the Society's problem with this but ours.
Some of us also take quotes out of context and do not give the full picture. I have many of the older and current publications. There have been times that when checking a quote made by some here I have found that the poster left out material that did not support or contradicted the point they were trying to make with the out of context quote. I am not speaking about the fun or fluff threads, but threads meant to inform.
Thread theme: Watchtower tells publishers there is no excuse for lateness at conventions.
Watchtower Quote In Thread: "there is no excuse for lateness at the conventions" 4/2008 KM
Unquoted material: "Brothers it has been reported that many are taking their seats for the afternoon session at the convention well after the session has started. This disrupts the friends who made the effort to be in their seats on time.
It is recognized that many of the convention centers we use for our District Conventions have inadequate bathroom facilities which make it difficult for parents with small children to care for all their needs during the short lunch break, also the elderly may find it difficult. However, it is reported that teenagers and single adults are the ones most frequently to arrive late for the afternoon session rather than families with small children or the elderly!
If families with small children and the elderly can be at their seats on time, really then for the rest of us, there is no excuse for lateness at the conventions"
The quote was accurate but it sent an incomplete message. This practice is unfair to the rest here who labored for years under the Watchtower's habit of selective quoting.
There is plenty wrong with the Watchtower without having to select out of context words and sentences here and there to sharpen as arrows against them. In my opinion, when that is done we do more harm to ourselves than to the Watchtower. In the Watchtower our thinking abilities were damaged and we were encouraged to only see things in black and white. Nothing is black and white, not even the Watchtower, and when incomplete or misleading selective quotes are held up as "truths", I think we hurt ourselves and others almost as much as the Watchtower did.
Just my 2.