Monday, August 8, 2011

Parsing Kerry

  "And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.
  "It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?" - Senator John Kerry

This is an interesting one. In fact, without examining its premises, one might be tempted to agree with the Senator.
The need for a good parsing comes in in the highlighted portion above. After all:

  • Everyone knew the Copernican system was not factual.
  • Everyone knew the germ theory of disease was not factual.
  • Everyone knew the way to get out of debt would be to borrow more money.
  • Everyone knew there would be a default on US government debt without a deal by 2nd August.
  • Everyone knows that S&P downgraded US debt because they're stupid and evil, not because there's any possibility of a default ever happening in the US.
Even more troubling - depending on one's locale:

Posted by Pygmalion 56

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1 comment:

  1. Wow. Nice job of cutting through the crap and getting right to the kidney stone of censorship. Why do lefties only defend freedom of speech and the press for their own lunatic fringe and not the rest of us?
    I never did like ketchup anyway, the bum.