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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 03:54 AM
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LA Times chimes in: "New election low: distorting the fact-checking"
By James Rainey, ON THE MEDIA
September 12, 2008


The Sept. 11 memorial bells chimed with beautiful clarity Thursday, from Shanksville, Pa., to ground zero and beyond, a reminder of tragedy and our nation's real enemies.

What a welcome respite, that serene sound, after days of presidential politics that roared and sputtered with a cacophony of distortion, innuendo and outright lies.

It got so bad the day before the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that FactCheck.org -- one of the nonpartisan journalism websites heroically trying to strain truth amid all the sound and fury -- had to put out an extraordinary news release.

It chastised John McCain's campaign for -- now get this -- distorting FactChecks debunking of distortions.

News organizations and these admirable truth-squadding outfits, including PolitiFact.com, do not collaborate. But in independent news reports and commentaries this week, they seemed to reach a consensus to say "enough" to the McCain camp's efforts to demonize Barack Obama.

more:
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-onthemedia12...


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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 03:58 AM
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1. The last bastion of truth. If we don't stand up for it now the GOP will call it the Liberal Internet
and that, my friends, is where we take to the streets.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 07:57 AM
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2. kick n/t
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 07:58 AM
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3. K&R n/t
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gordianot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 08:06 AM
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4. "Truthiness" realized where life is now imitating the art of comedians.
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markbark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 08:49 AM
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5. Well...
reality has a well known liberal bias
:P

--MAB
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-12-08 10:41 AM
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6. LAT:'McCain and his foot soldiers are provoking the first flickerings of a backlash from the media.'



.....

It got so bad the day before the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that FactCheck.org -- one of the nonpartisan journalism websites heroically trying to strain truth amid all the sound and fury -- had to put out an extraordinary news release.

It chastised John McCain's campaign for -- now get this -- distorting FactChecks debunking of distortions.

News organizations and these admirable truth-squadding outfits, including PolitiFact.com, do not collaborate. But in independent news reports and commentaries this week, they seemed to reach a consensus to say "enough" to the McCain camp's efforts to demonize Barack Obama.

.....

But it's McCain and his foot soldiers who have really fouled the election airwaves in recent days, provoking the first flickerings of a backlash from the media.




"ENOUGH!" ---Barack Obama, Norfolk, VA, September 10, 2008



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