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    Thanks to all those who put their lives on the line to bring this phase of the nightmare to an end. Thanks to all those who don't treat reality as something to sit back and watch, but instead go out there to shape it to a better end.

    If this week of horror has shown us nothing else, it has shown that those who would tell us this nation can't accomplish anything, that government is useless, that we're on our own, that we can't come together as a community are a far greater enemy than troubled individuals with guns and bombs.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:45:29 PM PDT

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      as entertainment. I hate it.  That it's framed in a very black and white, us vs. them , Go Team U.S.A!!!! is even worse.  This isn't the (%^#$&  Super Bowl or gag, NASCAR!!!
      The dumbing down of our collective IQ marches on.  News at 10. *angry

      "I have to go... There are two gay men knocking on my door asking me if I need any abortions or marijuana. Diary, this may be my last entry" Facebook hysteria after 2012 election

      by pitbullgirl65 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:18:30 AM PDT

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        yelling at the Tee Vee Machine this week. And not at the bombers, but at the stations, anchors and television reporters who fell instantly into the dum-dum-dum drama rut, using inflammatory language where none was called for, using dramatic music and stentorian voice-overs as if we were watching a trailer for the latest Die Hard sequel, or resorting to cliches because, dammit, thinking up original questions to ask or original observations to make on a real-life situation is just Too. Damned. Difficult.


        This was real, you well-groomed and polished mannequins. People died, people were blown up, people lost limbs, people were scared shitless in their own neighborhoods, people were shot to death in their cars, and all you could do was mouth the threadbare and wornout catch phrases you automatically resort to because it's easier than committing acts of actual journalism.

        The worst thing? A lot of this was LOCAL REPORTING. Folks who supposedly know their beat, who supposedly bring some local insight to their converage. And what do they do? Act like they're auditioning for Fox News, complete with egregious reporting errors and the ever-popular jumping-to-conclusions-without-a-shred-of evidence-because-it's easier to apologise-than-to-get-in-there-second methodology.

        How much do I hate most television "journalism"? I hate it with the white hot hate of a thousand suns gone nova.

        "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

        by Sharoney on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:37:16 PM PDT

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