News source, talking heads, and sound-bites related to them.
I was thinking about the topic of news sources and "talking heads" for a couple of days. The source were people get their information from seems to be such a concern to some people. I know I'm a conservative but it seems that this is something that is demonstrated by those of a liberal mind more than those of a conservative one. Someone will post w/e story or piece of information and the standard response will not be directed at what the person is saying. This comes in the form of few, fairly cookie cuter, resonses (eg).
"Did you just get your marching orders Glenn Beck/You're just parroting what Glenn Beck/Bill O'Reilly/"Faux News" talking heads tell you to."
I've been at the recieving end of this even though I don't watch any cable news at all. Additionally, one of my favorite sources of news is NPR. Regardless of that, I've had to deal with these comments even though I've been in Afghanistan since July and I don't even have TV so I couldn't watch any of that garbage even if I were so inclined.
I find liberal sources equally partisan and dishonest when talking about MSNBC or Olbermann.
Here's the thing though....so what? I mean really, what does it matter where the source of information. I don't care if you get your story from a bullshit source like the Huffpo. I don't care if you got it from Olberman. Does that change anything? It doesn't change anything for me. If you say something, that you heard from MSNBC, that I disagree with I'll tell you why I disagree with it or why I think you're wrong. There is not reason for me to waste my time with a non-resonse of, "you're a mindless Olbermann parrot/sheep". I'll state why I think you're point is baseless. You know...have a real debate/discussion.
There is only one reason I can concieve of this type of language being used. This reason is that the person using it doesn't have a valid point. They can't forma cogent thought on why the other person is wrong. They just spout cliche lines that are not designed to be intellectual or informative but to try and discredit and silence the opposition because they can't stand on their own two legs.
In summary, I just want people to actually make an argument and stop using stupid partisan statements that have no value and just make you look foolish and devoid of any and all validity. Really, who cares?
"The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead." - John Maynard Keynes (admits his philosophy is not viable)