"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Norvell. June 11, 1807.
And the steady drip . . . drip . . . drip . . . becomes an intolerable steady stream.
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Representative democracy requires an active and honest press. With three days remaining before the most important US Presidential election in my lifetime, Reuters has embraced partisanship over truth. For the details, visit Twitchy Media.
Never one to sit idly while there is a cause to be undertaken and conservative mischief to be made, South Carolinian Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) has combined social media and the good old-fashioned boycott with the #BlockReuters hashtag.
Kincannon is enlisting people on Twitter to block tweets from Reuters. I'm sure the term 'censorship' will be tossed around, but of the two alternatives to the moderates' favorite answer (doing absolutely nothing), #BlockReuters is far less violent than the other alternative.
I encourage you to block Reuters because it does two things of importance. First, it will show Reuters that there is a cost to abandoning even the pretense of neutrality. Tolerating half-truths, myths and opinion-as-news from the press has led to . . . surprise! . . . More half-truths, myths and opinion-as-news. There is an unassailable argument that tolerating and financially rewarding crap leads to more crap.
Second, it will draw attention to what Reuters has done in its headline that blurs a major mistake by President Obama (the 'revenge' statement) by accusing Governor Romney of the same thing. Reuters ignores the troublesome fact that Governor Romney merely quoted Obama's remark. Not exactly a truthful representation from Reuters.
Kincannon wisely suggests that those who feel strongly about blocking Reuters would benefit from following others of similar sentiment and commitment on Twitter. I agree and so to facilitate that, with Mr. Kincannon's permission, I have compiled the list of those he has listed on Twitter as blocking Reuters. The names are in the order in which they were mentioned.
As more names become available, I will amend the list. To make the list easier to use, I've tossed in some quotations as placeholders to break up the list.
@marcfollana @zanshi1 @Sassy_Gator_Gal @TimothyODonnel2 @debwilliams
@TOProject @jfgroves @JoeFL65 @Robinsbodybyvi @Nel_Mezzo
@MusicCityVic @Whatwesettlefor @triplerbailbond @ChasBrowning @TedBlurnEsq
@justjeryl @packersredwings @cajunkate @deebs001 @redriverranch
@thx4obombing @Jerruh @JVinDC @TFinn82 @tfinefine
@theforgetler @marshallsheldon @oldgeekgal @Mylissa11 @CoolPapa68
@bwilsford @Shan1419 @bostonrandy @uwsp46 @Joe_Pasquini
@badfr0g @InversMedia @triplerbailbond @SteveWightman1 @jennanjack
“The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” - Herbert Agar
“Reporter: A writer who guesses his way to the truth and dispels it with a tempest of words.” - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.” - Josh Billings
“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” - Niels Bohr
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.” - Winston Churchill
“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.” - Confucius
“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” - James Madison
“Our republic and its press will rise and fall together.” - Joseph Pulitzer
“Public opinion, in relation to government and its policy, is as much divided and diversified, as are the interests of the community; and the press, instead of being the organ of the whole, is usually but the organ of these various and diversified interests respectively; or rather, of the parties growing out of them.” - John C. Calhoun
“God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please, - you can never have both.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
@Discoveringme40 @raranoles2012 @smitty_one_each @dspeerhogfan @ThomasDeisinger @Lanettetay @MacNicol1957 @HLong135 @azina @DaveCinVA
“For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry
“Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.” - Thomas Fuller
@ttaylorfitness @RodneyHamptonPC @Robbieslife @BobbyCampbell68 @bkruthy65
@Smalltalkwitht @Machinetoolsale @WellThought_Out @roncisneros @SMiddlebrook62
“The truth seems to be that propaganda on its own cannot force its way into unwilling minds; neither can it inculcate something wholly new; nor can it keep people persuaded once they have ceased to believe. It penetrates into minds already open, and rather than instill opinion it articulates and justifies opinions already present in the minds of its recipients.” - Eric Hoffer
“What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good?” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.” - Thomas H. Huxley