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  •  This is why all of the "journalists" these days (12+ / 0-)

    are completely worthless. Nobody calls people on any of their lying shit, or contradictions, or forces them to watch videos of themselves saying one thing and then denying it later.

    The "journalists" are not only worthless, they're complicit, and keep this whole dishonest and fraudulent enterprise going.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 07:53:50 AM PDT

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    •  I see it as a "folie a duex" (4+ / 0-)
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      ditsylilg, raincrow, MPociask, Wildthumb

      I see it as what the psychiatrists call a "folie a duex" -  a madness shared by two people.

      See the journalists and talk show hosts need the politicians and think tank opinion leaders, just as the politicians and opinion leaders need the journalists and talk show hosts.  No TV show is successful promoting the opinions of people who are not famous, and the famous people need to TV shows to stay "relevant" and of course to make more money.

      So the guest agrees to the TV appearance despite the risk of getting asked painful questions.  And the host allows the lies despite the desire to appear "factual".

      The TV host can't ask the obvious question ("didn't you tell us last time that we won the war?"), because the guest would never agree to be on the TV show again.  Both sides agree to the fiction.

      The only requirement is that the TV/media ad dollars continue to come in.  And who would want to advertise their product on a show about the painful brutal truth of Iraq anyhow?  

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:13:30 AM PDT

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    •  they are facilitators.. (1+ / 0-)
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      or enablers. I wonder what things would look like today without them. So much misinformation and fabrication. The stories they choose to cover, and those they won't touch. We live in a bubble of bullshit.

    •  Journalists suck up to power. (1+ / 0-)
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      Investigative journalism is moribund - too expensive when talking heads are so cheap. Reporting these days comes almost entirely from official sources. Journalism is all about access. Ask tough questions or speak truth to power, & one will be cut off. In today's media environment, that's a career-ender.

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