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  •  I. F. Stone did make a point of having his facts (4+ / 0-)
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    correct.  He wrote that he wanted people to be able to quote his newsletter and not get laughed off because of a reputation for inaccuracy.

    It's probably better to put your opinions out on the table to be clear to everyone, and write so it's clear what's fact and what's analysis and opinion.  

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 09:21:09 AM PDT

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    •  For example, when I. F. Stone wrote a headline, (2+ / 0-)
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      "Melvin Laird is Washington's biggest liar since John Foster Dulles"
      any reader should have known that was analysis and opinion.  

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 09:24:51 AM PDT

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      •  in the present environment (0+ / 0-)

        If you draw a conclusion from the facts, you are partisan.  I am fine with that label, and am fine with that type of journalism.  Refusal to call torture torture because.some call torture something else is objectivist journalism.  But it's also hackery.  

        Bad things aren't bad! And anyway, there's mitigation!

        by Nada Lemming on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 03:02:57 PM PDT

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