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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:49 PM

How journalism helps lunacy become reality

Al Jazeera

How journalism helps lunacy become reality

If the US is to return to a ‘fact-based world,’ reporters need to recommit to objective reality

by Larry Beinhart

After the second prime-time Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16, The New York Times published an astonishing editorial. It said the candidates must be “no longer living in a fact-based world” and described what they said as “a collection of assertions so untrue, so bizarre that they form a vision as surreal as the Ronald Reagan jet looming behind the candidates’ lecterns.”

It was about time that someone as authoritative as The New York Times editorial board said it as bluntly as that.

One of the things that made the editorial so striking is that the news coverage of the same events, in the same paper as well as in the rest of the media, treated what the candidates said as almost entirely unremarkable.

That prompts interesting questions. Why was this only an editorial? Why wasn’t it in the news? Shouldn’t it be newsworthy that the leading contenders for the Republican nomination are “no longer living in a fact-based world” and that what they say is “untrue … bizarre … surreal”?

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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:56 PM

1. facts do not mean anything to republicans

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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 05:41 PM

2. M$M is the GOP's ventriloqust's dummy, trying to legitimize the Conservative Alternate Universe

for several years the GOP has been running a perrenial witch hunt they call Benghazi Hearings No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ad infinitum.

While one GOP toady of the Corporate media asked HRC:"Is this the 'real' Hillary Clinton?"

Not one of the M$M grovellers before the GOP have ever asked any of the GOP Inquisitors:

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 1 a REAL search for the truth?"

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 2 a REAL search for the truth?"

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 3 a REAL search for the truth?"

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 4 a REAL search for the truth?"

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 5 a REAL search for the truth?"

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 6 a REAL search for the truth?"

"Is this Benghazi Inquiry no. 7 a REAL search for the truth?"


The M$M television networks are merely the GOP's ventriloquist dummies.



great post. recommended, kicked.



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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 08:31 AM

3. Then they wonder why no one is watching?

A two-minute internet search can dispel almost all of the assertions made.

Is it hard to make the case for that second set of labels? Bill Clinton raised taxes, and it was pro-growth. George W. Bush cut taxes, income inequality increased, and there was a bubble and a crash. Barack Obama raised taxes, and there was growth. A quick bit of research going back to Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt will demonstrate pretty much the same thing.

Yet news reporters invariably avoid deconstructing the mantra that tax cuts for the rich are pro-growth and tax hikes will strangle the economy.


Let's face it, MSM is pure entertainment. If you want the truth, you're on your own.

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Fri Oct 2, 2015, 03:34 PM

4. Brilliant piece!

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