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  •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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    venger, radical simplicity

    but I will guarantee you that what you consider lies, others consider truth and vice versa.

    I think what Cenk describes is utopian but worthy and necessary.

    I remember back in the 80's with the PMRC - and they had all these head bangers testifying - one said something (and I'll paraphrase) "who will be the one judging what is and is not appropriate...then added - how would you feel if I was the judge?"

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:10:08 PM PDT

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    •  Appropriate is a subjective term. (13+ / 0-)

      Factual is not. There is a capacity for objectivity and factuality in human discourse, regardless of the "outlook" of the participants.
      CNN has increasingly, as others have said, operated as Fox-lite in that they repeat non-facts and project dishonest narratives into their programming.

      People with integrity don't do that.

      I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

      by David54 on Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:23:06 PM PDT

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      •  They know they're lying (6+ / 0-)

        I wish I could find video of Jon Stewart talking with Ted Koppel. Stewart was telling Koppel that they were doing the country a disservice with their reporting. Koppel replied that Stewart was confused about the difference between fact and truth. Koppel believes his job is to report the facts, not the truth.

        I can't find the transcript anymore, but the gist of Koppel's statement was:

        "Joe says "x" about Pete. Pete's a newsworthy character, making Joe's statement newsworthy.

        Reporting that Joe made that statement about Pete is reporting a fact. Even if Joe's statement is false, it's a fact that he made the statement. The falseness of the statement is separate from the fact of the statement. "

        So he knows the fact is disseminating a lie, but doesn't feel it's his job to point out the lie so that viewers can understand that Joe is a liar. He feels it's his job only to broadcast Joe lying.

        This is a lie of omission:

        "A lie of omission is a method of deception and duplicity that uses the technique of simply remaining silent when speaking the truth would significantly alter the other person's capacity to make an informed decision."

        That's what the current crew of talking heads views as their job: lying by omission in order to further the agenda of the right wing.

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