:: Thursday, May 12, 2005 ::
Editorial Journal: The No Facts Zone
Wow. My hometown paper REALLY lays into Bill O'Reilly:
:: Monday, May 09, 2005 ::
The 19th century American writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said of a man, "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Were he alive today, Emerson might be thinking of television host Bill O'Reilly.
O'Reilly claims his show is free of spin. Spin is when someone casts the facts in such a light as to reinforce his argument and weaken his opponent's. What O'Reilly did was to disregard the facts altogether, even going so far as to attribute to the Chronicle words and views it did not print and does not espouse. That's not spin; it's misrepresentation that is unprofessional, unwarranted and injurious to the public debate about a serious and urgent issue: protecting children from predators.
The Chronicle's reader representative and letters editor received several complaints about the editorial from people who admitted they hadn't read it, or who attributed to it quotations that did not appear in the editorial. Before Chronicle readers complain about an editorial, I hope they take the time to read the editorial carefully, rather than relying on someone else's careless characterization of its contents.
:: Morat 10:48 AM :: ::
I do plan to return to regular posting soon. However, I've been utterly and totally swamped for awhile. I look to resume sometime this week or next -- especially now that blogger is behaving.
:: Morat 10:10 AM :: ::