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Think Again: The Truth About
Playing the Liar Card

Aspen Times, by Melanie Sturm

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Posted By:AVFD15, 12/6/2012 11:41:11 AM

Believing a free press to be a vital safeguard of liberty, Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Many believe the inverse of Jefferson´s maxim — the people are uninformed, and therefore the government can´t be trusted. After all, what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face? Despite a proliferation of new media, it´s increasingly difficult to separate fact from narrative. Combined with rancorous political discourse in which opponents are demonized in order to delegitimize competing arguments and render unnecessary
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Reply 1 - Posted by: Israel Putnam, 12/6/2012 12:21:04 PM     (No. 9051858)

This good, brave and intelligent woman is a hero. To live and say such things in Aspen is very impressive to me. May the Lord bless her.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 12/6/2012 1:34:39 PM     (No. 9052015)

Perhaps Jefferson should have added the word "unbiased". A free press is necessary for freedom to survive but a biased press is nothing short of playing Russian Roulette with all the chambers loaded. The press can lean in either direction but to totally ignore the mistakes of "their side" while hyping the mistakes of the other side is nothing short of suicide.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lawabidingcitizen, 12/6/2012 3:40:18 PM     (No. 9052244)

"... what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face?"

That´s an easy one. Those well-informed Americans who know they´re entitled to the fruits of the labor of others. Shirkers are in charge now. Live with it.



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