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  •  It's a good point about degrading the news (4+ / 0-)

    If there's no source of information to be inherently trusted, then complete and utter bullshit is just as reasonable to put forth as actual fact.  People will just tune all of it out equally and go with what sounds nice.

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      withthelidoff, Noor B, moosely2006

      about that yesterday (in one of the, I'm almost ashamed to say, Bill O'Liley threads)....there is no shared knowledge base anymore.  Everyone has their own "designer news" and can learn only what they want to learn.  While it looks good at a glance (find what interests or impacts me and not waste time on what doesn't), it leaves everyone with their own set of "facts".  It's a very dangerous road and contributes heavily to the divisions among people in this country.  I see it all the time with "conservative" friends of mine - they know next to nothing about AG AG and the problems with his testimony, they know next to nothing about the warrantless wiretapping program(s), next to nothing about the true situation on the ground in Iraq, etc.  The big, big stories of our time are just not reported in some of the "news" venues they choose to watch.  That is so wrong on so many levels.  I wonder if there even IS a solution.

    •  That has already happened (2+ / 0-)
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      Noor B, moosely2006

      an analogy is the ID point of contention of teaching both sides of evolution.  While there is more than one point of view attached to any event, at the same time, some points of view are more informed or more likely to strike at the truth.  The current MSM tends to treat all sources as being equally valuable and then they want to leave it up to the reader to separate the wheat and the chaff.

      The problem is that the average viewer or reader does not have sufficient time to do the background on every issue to be able to discern what is of value and what is worthless.  

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