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Re: Re: Re: Ciel

Yes, it's possible if one is willing to be very honest with oneself and sometimes dig deep to the sources of the filters one has adopted. Challenging one's own cherished beliefs takes courage, but the prize is that one either reaffirms a belief, or renews it so it works better.

posted by Ciel on June 27, 2016 at 2:37 PM | link to this | reply

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Of course, you're absolutely right about how the Fairness Doctrine was meant to be exercised.  I was a Journalism when I first started at the University of Texas, and remember debates about it even then.  It sounds like a no-brainer as far as how things should be done.  There were reasons the FCC chose not to enforce it, supported by a surprising array of journalists at the time, as I recall.  Here's a more recent column that pretty well points out the pros-cons (speaking of fairness! LOL!):


As to the filters, I agree also that being aware of them can be a route to freedom - I just think we could rarely find people, myself included, who truly are aware of what all of theirs are, recognize them as such and exercise due diligence in trying to move them out of the way.  Again, it may be ideal - but is it really possible?  Good discussion.

posted by Krisles on June 27, 2016 at 9:39 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Ciel

Until Reagan eliminated it, there were journalistic standards that don't exist today and losing them opened the door for the 'bimbo journalists' and a number of pundits who have no interest in fair and balanced reporting or commentary. Morrow set those standards and Cronkite was a professional newsman who honored them. 


And yes, we all have filters, but knowing that we have them and how our particular ones come into play is the route to freedom from them. 

posted by Ciel on June 27, 2016 at 9:03 AM | link to this | reply


I agree totally on the sad state of journalism....but can't believe you don't think Morrow and Cronkite - and most especially, Moyers - never added their own personal attitudes to the news.  Another example of when we agree with something we hear, we tend to put it in the "good as gold" and "fair and unbiased" columns - we all do it, but we are all captives of our own filters.

posted by Krisles on June 27, 2016 at 7:53 AM | link to this | reply

Yes one could not beat the old town crier Ceil . At least one knew the news was red hot .

posted by C_C_T on June 26, 2016 at 7:31 AM | link to this | reply

posted by RPresta on June 26, 2016 at 1:36 AM | link to this | reply

we switch on the news briefly and if we want to watch something, we go to Netflix. Or read a book.or garden or write something or scoot around the internet.Then of course, there is always food!

posted by Kabu on June 25, 2016 at 6:06 PM | link to this | reply

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