Thom Hartmann please pick up the "white phone."
I just tweeted
@Thom_Hartmann You must get off Sputnik now or I will never listen again.
Then as now, it began with lies. On Sept. 1, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s forces crossed the border into Poland. The German chancellor did so on the pretext that ethnic Germans were being persecuted. German operatives, disguised as Poles, even staged an attack on a German radio station, yelling anti-German threats into the microphone.
With that lie, the most devastating war in the history of the world began. It is far too early to know how devastating this latest European war will turn out to be, how many will die, how many will be left homeless and stateless, how the repercussions will play out across the globe. There is, however, an ominous resonance in the lies from which it arose.
First, Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed he had no intention of invading Ukraine, even as he massed troops on that country’s border. Then he announced Russia would recognize two separatist regions. Finally, shortly before Russian ordnance began to pound the smaller country, he announced a “military operation” aimed at “peacekeeping” and “denazification.”
Now, as then, lies. And now, as then, what strikes you is not just the utter brazenness of them, but the threadbare flimsiness of them. Hitler, granted, put some work into his lie, but at the end of the day, was anyone really expected to believe that Poland, which had more horses than tanks, had suddenly decided to attack its heavily armed neighbor?
Putin’s lies are even shoddier. He would have us believe his forces were needed to keep the peace in a nation that was at peace and to evict Nazis from a nation whose democratically elected president is a Jew. These are the kinds of lies you tell when you don’t care what anyone thinks. Their very shabbiness is an expression of contempt.......
https://twitter.com/waltermasterson/sta ... d8X3PPPP1wProfX wrote: ↑Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:59 am Lately, the NYT, at least in its editorial page, has been engaging in a lot of what I like to call "bothsiderism".
So, Ted Lieu on Twitter excellently called them out on a recent editorial.
[ted lieu tweeted]
: I served on active duty to defend the right of any person to say stupid, racist shit. That doesn’t mean I have to respect or coddle people who say stupid, racist shit. I have the right to shame and shun people who say stupid, racist shit. Get it New York Times?
New York Times Opinion@nytopinion
"Americans are losing hold of a fundamental right as citizens of a free country: the right to speak their minds and voice their opinions in public without fear of being shamed or shunned," writes the New York Times editorial board.
Uhhhh ... NYT, that's an imaginary right. Nothing in the 1st amendment (or really any principle of logic or ethics) says you have the right to say something without other people criticizing or critiquing it.
Now ... to be clear ... if your criticisms of someone else's speech are mistaken, taken out of context, baseless, misrepresented, or otherwise unfair or even potentially slanderous ... they or other people also have the right to respond to YOU and point this out. (In the most severe situation, it could even result in legal action.)
This is really how this free speech thing is supposed to work.