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Response to aletier_v (Reply #54)

Tue Dec 20, 2011, 11:18 AM

58. Another one who simply 'makes shit up'.

 


Please show me where in the post I said that.

It is not the critics of Obama that are necessarily dishonest. It is people who make stuff up.

See here:

"It's very, very simple: Do NOT substitute your own meanings or the voices in your head for what is actually written in black and white (or whatever color scheme you use) on the screen in front of you.

This is one of the most poisonous practices in discourse these days. It is exactly how Fox 'News' and Rush who-is-not-necessarily-a-sex-tourist Limbaugh program their brainwashed audience. It is uncivil, impolite, and ultimately dishonest to pretend someone has said what they did not. We are all guilty of this at some level, but those of us who are aware of it have the responsibility to keep it in check.

IF you are not certain what someone's intentions are from a given post, then ask them a simple yes/no question such as: "Are you telling me to stop criticizing Obama?"


Instead of making an assumption with *zero* evidence, what you should have done if not clear about my intentions was ask me, "So is anyone who criticized Obama 'dishonest'?"

To which my answer would have been 'no'. I perhaps would have even elaborated.

I'm getting very tired of trying to teach reading comprehension to people around here. If you want to believe a post says something that it does not, I really can't stop you from substituting your own meanings. But please, realize that it's quite possible you're making a fool of yourself.

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