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Topic: Wow...just wow.....an honest journalist

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Wow...just wow.....an honest journalist
« on: November 09, 2019, 01:12:09 AM »
Read the entire thing.


The original source of this madness was Steele, and the media and political figures who leaned with all their might into this phony narrative — especially the ones who knew it originated as Clinton campaign research — should be as embarrassed as the newspapers and news networks who pushed the WMD hunt.

This obviously hasn’t happened, as the instinct instead has been to apply the Scarlet Letter of conspiracy theory to those who didn’t buy this nonsense, usually on the grounds that any effort to “discredit” Steele is just pro-Trumpism by another name.

This has nothing to do with Trump, and everything to do with restoring controls that are supposed to exist to prevent the press from leading the public off the deep end.

The WMD affair showed what happens when we don’t require sources to show us evidence, when we let political actors use the press to “confirm” their own assertions, when we report on the journey of rumors instead of the rumors themselves, and most especially when we lionize intelligence and law enforcement figures, who usually turn out to be just as craven and unreliable as the rest of us.

When we let stuff like this go, the public sees us as fools, at which point it doesn’t matter whether what we write is for or against any politician, because nobody believes us anyway. Is this really the industry standard we’re gunning for? Are we never going to own up to this one?


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Re: Wow...just wow.....an honest journalist
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2019, 11:39:23 AM »

Yes some people do want a press that is free to write or broadcast lies, fake stories or their propaganda without regards to facts in order to substantiate at least a semblance of it being true.

Others of us would like them to be held accountable for what they print or broadcast if it isn't based on facts and truth. If they cannot do that then they should not be allowed to call themselves a news organization with 1st amendment rights.

Otherwise it should be put out as opinion only and not as news.
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Re: Wow...just wow.....an honest journalist
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 11:42:08 AM »
They are held accountable by us, the people, rather than government.

I prefer it that way.


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