A friend just emailed me:
I would like a clarification of one paragraph in your blog, the entry for June 22nd.
“I have dear friends that refuse to figure this out. I cannot help them. I have tried. I side with the people that want Bernie’s Platform and because of seeing the reality of today’s DNC and today’s MSM, etc, I am learning who the Good Guys are. I am writing names down. I will not forget. I will not forgive.”
The last three sentences could be interpreted as a threat. Are they? If so, who are you threatening, and what are you threatening them with?
Thanks. I should clarify. I was referring to the Main Stream Media and various talking heads, like Robert Reich. From now on, I will pay little attention to whatever they say, even when they seem truthful for a long time. I will remember that they have been liars on very important issues.
It makes more sense when you learn that nearly all American Main Stream Media (MSM) is owned by 5 companies and the same few people are on many of the boards of those companies. And that they are the main donors for Hillary, Trump, the DNC & GOP.
Clearly many of my friends do not have the time or inclination to cross check the data. That is a shame. We can do a good job of confirming the accuracy of a piece of data, in most cases, with not much effort. For example, Bernie’s Platform and Jill NOT being Anti-Vax are posted right in the obvious spots on their websites.
Even sources that have been usually very good, have slipped in some bad propaganda, like The Young Turks, an Internet News source. I still watch them but I assume that they will try again. This link below, and many others, by Jimmy Dore seems quite good.
If someone has different goals, someone thinks that we must do away with Unions or that Women should not vote, or whatever, fine. That is their position. I have good friends that I disagree with, but for NPR/PBS to lie about Bernie’s Platform or edit out parts of Jill Stein’s answer to a question to dramatically change the meaning, that is committing a treachery, that I will remember for a long time.
Even the sources that have not yet been caught in misinformation, I still try to crosscheck. I no longer have trust and I want to do what I can to use accurate data.
Does that clarify?
And, is it actually a threat to just explain what I am planning to do? I am not saying do such and such or else. I am just explaining that I just want to keep records about reliability (or is it accuracy, or integrity), to save my time. Many friends of mine like the NYT, but the NYT has published so many maliciously misleading articles, that I stopped reading them.
It is complicated. Some sources have various writers with vastly differing views. Some of these seem to be accurate and others not, within one publication or website. So, few, if any, sources are all right or all wrong. It is ironic that the Russians and Arabs often seem to be far more honest.
Dave & Robn