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    It's been a common theme in the world today. "In my opinion", if you are in school the world around you requires you put in some effort to prove your premise. And in some scientific jobs this continues. But everywhere else critical thinking is replaced by whatever seems plausible or can get you through the day.

    It used to be that the News was just the News. Nothing more. But over the past few decades it has become part of the entertainment world. We are no longer basing our view of the world through a set of reported facts by investigative minds, but now formulate opinions from those that have already summarized the facts to fit into their own tight little narrative. They drop those pesky little facts that don't meet this criteria in the dust bin. This really has to stop.

    We need to clean up the airwaves where we get our information from. The internet is always going to be a cesspool of varying opinions and baseless rumors. But at least you can find nuggets of unreported information. And as with any investigation, if you dig deep enough and find first hand sources then you can corroborate it.

    First, we need the FCC to come down hard on programs that CLAIM to be NEWS organizations in their title, their commercials and their on air statements. Lies are lies unless someone has facts to back them up. Lying about "who" you are on the air should be a clear basis for removing them from the airwaves or forcing them to change their name or format to that of an opinion or entertainment format.

    FOX NEWS has done more to damage the minds of the public than any other program on the air since the "War of the Worlds" radio show was broadcast. And after that broadcast there were a lot of sheepish looking broadcasters apologizing for scaring the hell out of their listeners. FOX NEWS doesn't bat an eyelash.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:59:08 PM PDT

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