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  •  It's hard to have any... (15+ / 0-)

    ..confidence in a news agency that tells the truth most of the time. Would you buy a car that will work most of the time?
    They either write the truth all then time and correct themselves when they error.  If not, they are just Fox news.

    The only shame in ignorance is when one takes pride in it. .......{- 8.25 / -5.64}

    by carver on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 12:03:09 PM PST

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    •  Issue here is whether they should be fact (0+ / 0-)

      checking claims made by others all the time.

      For example, how should the NYT handle:

      On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney often says President Obama has made speeches “apologizing for America.”

      Just say it is false?  Or is it a matter of opinion?

      After all, here is an Obama quote:

      Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us--Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens--fell silent.

      It does not include the word "apology" but it does read a lot like the "nonapology apologies" that seem to be the replacement for real apologies these days.

      Who gets to decide?

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