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Laurier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-02-08 09:39 PM
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105. There is a vast difference, however,
between a newspaper asking a question (i.e. when it adopts a particular editorial stance on the subject matter) and someone else asking a question (i.e. when the newspaper merely reports upon the subject matter and the fact that someone else is asking a question).

A newspaper, by reporting upon a question asked by someone does not = the newspaper asking that question. It is merely telling a story, which is what newspapers do.

To reduce it to even more simple terms for you, seemslikeadream, consider this scenario:

1. You post something on the Internet in which you ask whether or not 9-11 was an inside job.
2. I write a story in my newspaper about you asking that question and the Internet discussion that ensued.

Q. Who is questioning whether 9 11 was an inside job?

The answer is you. Not me, not my newspaper. I merely reported upon it.



And to take it a bit further, if in addition to reporting in my paper about your question, I also write an editorial about it and espouse the view that your question is a legitimate one that ought to be vigorously explored, etc. etc. because there are so many "unanswered questions" and so many "anomolies" and so many "smoking guns", then it would be fair to contend, at least metaphorically, that I too am asking the question.

Alternatively, if in addition to reporting in my paper about your question, I also write an editorial about it and espouse the view that your question is entirely devoid of merit, that your arguments are utterly ludicrous, baseless and unfounded, and that only individuals lacking any rational or critical thinking skills could possibly be taken in by the snake oil salesmen who peddle such ridiculous conspiracy theories to the credulous and the gullible, then it would not be fair to contend that I too am asking the question.

Do you honestly not understand this? It is really, really, basic and fundamental stuff.



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