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Protesting Too Much

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It’s hardly a secret that the AccuSo staff have a picky palate when it comes to media outlets. So it stands out acutely when one of our favorite publications stoops to shoveling propaganda for the powers that be, like we see in a Foreign Policy opinion piece just yesterday:

[P]art of the goal: restoring Russia as a leader of world opinion after the reputational damage it suffered in Ukraine, muscling in as a power broker that needs to be consulted in important crises far from its borders and sphere of influence […] But even members of the reliably shrill pro-Kremlin chorus seem to admit that nobody but Russia likes this configuration — and that Russia, like Pushkov said, doesn’t really need this at all.

Sadly, FP is beginning to sound a little “shrill” itself in its careful and side-mouthed denunciations of Russia’s Syria intervention. In policy and opinion pieces language is everything. Articles like this, or their recent attempt to paint Syria as a US-Russian proxy war, spend more time rhetorically impugning Russian motives and capabilities than they do building a historical or evidentiary case for that position.

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Literacy: the Price of Liberty

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Y’all need to stop reading the news.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the effort. You should want to be informed and involved. That’s what I want for you, to pay attention.

Your news is garbage though. I mean read Reuters. Read UPI. Read AP, Interfax, and CBC. Please. Sift newsfeeds as if there really was gold in those sandy hills.

But don’t read the news. When you read outlets like HuffPo, when you read the Wall Street Journal or USA  Today or the New York Times you’re just going to end up reading repackaged establishment tripe courtesy of some rattle-headed mouthpiece like David Brooks.

The same way we don’t need you people smoking crack and thinking it’s coffee we also don’t need you reading David Brooks and mistaking that for the news.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk about this asshole. Let’s talk about David Brooks.  Continue reading

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Intermezzo

It’s a slow Monday at the Global offices. We’re a little more than halfway through our twenty one day blitzkrieg, so it seemed reasonable to take a couple minutes and talk a little about the site, flesh out what we’re doing, and give some idea as to where we’re going.

American politics is a nightmare. The Republic has never been a perfect institution. The Three-Fifths Compromise is written into the Constitution itself. Even amended, the document speaks to the fundamental imperfections of the Union. In the same era though the public discourse on the issues surrounding the Constitution were framed in classic, broadly applicable documents, like the Declaration of Independence, like the Federalist Papers. Documents that grapple not only with contemporary policy issues but discussed the underlying function and role of government and politics.

Now every four years Will.I.Am comes out and tells people to punch a ballot based on that week’s Facebook memes. Continue reading

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A Fiendish Stupidity

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Looking Through the Eye of a Pig

“There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and shame the devil.”

-Walter Lippmann, 1920

Lucky then for writers like Thomas Friedman that in America law only applies to poor people. Continue reading

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