Posts Tagged ‘groupthink’

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Parry is now the go-to news source in America, of only a handful of journalists worthy of trust. America has drowned in lies.

The Existential Question of Whom to Trust

Instead, careerism is the order of the day among journalists, intelligence analysts and international monitors – meaning that almost no one who might normally be relied on to tell the truth can be trusted.

…For instance, The New York Times’ Pentagon correspondent Michael R. Gordon, who was the lead writer on the infamous “aluminum tubes for nuclear centrifuges” story which got the ball rolling for the Bush administration’s rollout of its invade-Iraq advertising campaign in September 2002, still covers national security for the Times – and still serves as a conveyor belt for U.S. government propaganda.

…The Washington Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt, who repeatedly informed the Post’s readers that Iraq’s secret possession of WMD was a “flat-fact,” is still the Post’s editorial page editor, one of the most influential positions in American journalism.

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We’ve entered the age of cowardly sniping, drone button-pushing without the possibility of retaliation. And I’m just referring to people shooting their mouths off in blissful ignorance, while hiding behind digital firewalls, banishing any and all critical responses to their moronic assertions.

The mouthpieces of the entrenched media don’t respond to the critics. They use the bully pulpit to advantage, and alternative voices are silenced by default. That’s the point of owning a media empire, and it’s not dialogue.

But this one-sided broadcast model has filtered down to every realm now. It’s a firewalled world. The ignorant remain unchallenged and hostile to alternative points of view, no matter how grotesquely wrong they happen to be.

The modern age is an insular, mindless exercise in edited perception. Even Facebook groups and message boards are heavily policed to avoid uncomfortable truths, and for the maintenance of whatever delusions prevail locally.

And it’s resulted in a pandemic of douchebaggery. These people cannot debate the most mundane, simple topics. They have no concept of logic, fallacy, evidence, accuracy, meaning, none of it. It has never mattered to them, and may never. They simply ban those who confront them with superior logic and facts.

This is the status quo today.

Decline of the western world?

It sure looks that way to me.