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  •  I would like to think this is a result of BO (2+ / 0-)
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    Palafox, uffdalib

    Bullshit Overload.  The media just can't keep up with all the outrageous, factually incorrect, or out-right lying statements of a whole gaggle of Republican presidential candidates, so some fall through the cracks without comment.

    Sadly, it seems that is being too understanding of the media's plight, by at least half.  As Rachel Maddow pointed out in a segment on "Bus-Gate" the other night, it is more likely that the media just copies down and publishes without comment anything the Republican candidates say, and calls that "reporting".

    I fear that this is just the latest example of that.

    •  because if the sound (2+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, JC from IA

      bite doesn't get on the air within 5 minutes, the competition will "scoop" you. Analysis, fact-checking, even thought takes far too much time when you are shoveling content to keep a 24-hour news channel fed.

      The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. --Dante Alighieri

      by uffdalib on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 07:30:25 AM PDT

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      •  Same with news"papers" in these days of web (0+ / 0-)

        presence.  Almost understandable with TV since the advent of cable, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

        Moreover, it seems more and more like a problem with how journalism is being taught: Journalists can no longer assume that anything is a fact; they must be being taught that there is no such thing as a fact, only different opinions.  A journalist is no longer allowed to say, for instance, that the sun rises in the east; he must say that xx% of people surveyed believe the sun rises in the east, then spend the bulk of the story on the minority "opinion" and the people who adhere to the minority opinion.

        Journalism colleges have as much to answer for as business colleges, IMO.  I cannot think of one that Edward R. Murrow could even graduate from these days.

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