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I just scored 6292 on 2048! Check this out http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digiplex.game .
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Why I trust almost nothing I read or see.
 
When Deceptions Go Unchallenged By Our Free Press http://bit.ly/1pVDWXe

A willing “suspension of disbelief” is essential to enjoy a good play or other fiction but it’s a disaster when the media adopts it in place of skepticism–especially toward those in government.

And yet, that is exactly what happened with the Affordable Care Act.

It’s hard to not to conclude that the media willingly suspended disbelief when it came to the many claims made by President Obama, legislators and supporters of the Affordable Care Act. The now obvious 2013 “Lie of the Year”, for example, was anything but obvious to most Americans before millions lost the insurance coverage they liked. Why?

Taken together with MIT economist Jonathan Gruber’s recently revealed admissions that deception was part of the plan all along, it’s fair to ask, “What happened to our watchdog press?” There has been much gnashing of teeth over Professor Gruber’s candor but virtually no self-examination by the media of its role in helping to perpetrate a fraudulent sales job on the American people.

Indeed, in retrospect it appears as if the Administration counted on a compliant media not asking the hard questions. This disinterest in the truth, as much as the lies themselves, has contributed to the mistrust and anger that divides the nation. So far the media has refused to take any responsibility.

When the CIA failed to predict the fall of Iran there was acid and deserved criticism of its failure to fulfill its fundamental mission.

 That same kind of criticism should be a part of the public conversation now about the role of the media in missing deliberate efforts by this Administration to employ outright falsehoods to pervert “consent of the governed”. Only with deception, said Dr. Gruber, could the law win enactment. He embraced government deception “for the greater good” but the media should not have. It was a failure of the media’s most fundamental duty in a free society.

Critics were ignored, publicly dismissed or even ridiculed on editorial pages and within news reports. Many predicted, well in advance of enactment, that “keeping our doctors” or rate savings were fictions. It seems obvious now that the media chose taking sides over even-handed skepticism and a previously normal and healthy adversarial relationship with government officials. A hundred day “honeymoon” is fair for new administrations. A five-year honeymoon is closer to what we actually got.

Reporters are human, too, and it is perhaps understandable that they were swept up in the passion for a new beginning and Obama’s “audacity of hope”. But editors are supposed to be above, or at least inured to such enthusiasms in order to keep everybody honest. In this case, they failed. Unless they accept this failure there will be little effort to be better editors and reporters going forward.

Informed consent is the bedrock beneath our kind of government. It is not surprising that officials will try to mislead. It’s happened before and it will happen again. But propaganda cannot be allowed to go unchallenged by a free press without turning the whole American idea of informed self-determination on its head. Making excuses for President Obama’s “Lie of the Year”, as the New York Times and others did, begins to smack of Pravda–the Russian State propaganda newspaper.

Off-the-record handling sessions, the shutdown of sources, hacking reporter’s computers, the prosecution of reporters and even the illegal collection of the Associated Press’ office and cell phone records should have been the alarm that woke our media up to the fact that this White House will do or say anything to advance its goals—up to and including outright lies and violations of the First Amendment.

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It's going to be like nothing ever before.
My arms and legs kept making movements without my brain telling it to do so.
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Dragoncon here we come!
 
They ought to have a warning on the tickets somewhere...
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I've not believed a MSM story in whole in a long time.  Here's a great rundown of why you shouldn't either.
The media's tsunami of inaccuracy is generally tolerated, embraced and even celebrated so long as it serves the right political and cultural goals.
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If you are serious about games, you need to be serious about Wii U.
The Nintendo Wii U has had a shaky past, and it's easy to criticize its terrible launch, confusing messaging and lack of modern conveniences.
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Perhaps one of the greatest reads on the state of the climate debate ever.
Guest Post by Dr. Robert G. Brown The following is an “elevated comment” appearing originally in the comments to “A Rare Debate on the ‘Settled Science’ of Climate Change”, a guest essay by Steve G...
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+John Erickson he's not so bad...
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  • University of South Carolina
    Mechanical Engineering, 2000 - 2004
  • Lexington High School
    GED, 1996 - 2000
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