Saturday, 11 February 2017

it doesn't get much better than this

Bill Maher completely nails it here and bemoans some people's love of fake news and disdain for actual knowledge.

Let's hope that his message gets through to the people who get their information from "alternative fact" websites...


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  1. I have read reporting that suggests this is a new phenomena, it isn't. Fake news is likely as old as the printed word. For example, in his biography of the second U.S. president, John Adams, David McCullough chronicles a whole series of attack articles aimed at Adams that make the articles published today seem tame and reasonable. The real fake news is the suggestion that everything written by major news organizations has been carefully researched, fact checked, and shimmers with unbiased objectivity. Yea, right...

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    1. The problem is that today it comes at you from all directions and so the cacophony allows you to believe anything is true. It's what has allowed an idiot like Trump to gain the highest office in the land.

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    2. Yes, but to add to Kati's point, previously the dearth of information was the problem: who could tell what was correct when you so little to consider? Also, we have seen our government in serious jeopardy before. It does take time, it is frightening, but the system has worked, helped with public protest, and people like Bill Maher.

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  2. In the meantime here's an example of a very sad situation: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/illegal-voting-gets-texas-woman-8-years-in-prison-and-certain-deportation.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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  3. Sorry, I can't help myself! Here's a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eny6enTdQ0&sns=em

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    1. Yeah, and already I'm feeling blue, or should I say, red: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/trump-transgender-students-injunction.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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