Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Facts, Opinions and Lies

Fact: something that has actual existence: a matter of objective reality

Facts can be proven. They are objective. They are black and white there is no gray. Facts are not republican or democrat, facts are facts.

Opinion: a: a belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge b: a formal expression of a judgment or appraisal by an expert

There are informed and uniformed opinions. Each of us has the right to our opinions. However those that constantly spout opinions not based on facts should not be trusted or even listened to.

Lie: a: A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. b. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.

Once again there is no gray. If something is untrue its untrue. It has or can be proven as such. An opinion that is stated as fact is a lie by its nature. One can be mistaken and believe something to be fact when it is not, however if that is due to their own lack of diligence in determining the truth of a statement, then once again it has the weight of a lie. The words “ignorance is no excuse” applies. If one is mistaken often then they too should not be listened to any more then a liar should be.

One of the biggest threats to our society is that we seem to accept liars more then ever. We allow our leaders to tell us lies that have been proven as such and yet we re-elect them. We allow media personalities to constantly tell lies and misstate facts clearly on purpose yet these very people get huge ratings.

It is not ok to accept beliefs such as: “all politicians lie” or “the media is biased”, like this is an unchangeable fact. Do you accept lies from a friend or a family member on a regular basis? The reality is you will call them on it, or at the very least stop trusting and listening to them. So why do we put up with it from leaders and the media.

It is time to put a stop to it. When a politician lies, we should call them on it and if it continues toss them out of office. When a media personality lies call them on it and stop watching it.

In the media arena Fox News Channel from its very beginning was set up based completely on a lie. Their promo’s included. “We report, you decide” and “fair and balanced”, O’Reilly uses the line “the no spin zone.” When the reality is Fox News Channel run by republican operative Roger Ailes has in fact its purpose to push a conservative republican agenda. and its team of wonderful fact checkers call O’Reilly and others on Fox on lies every day.

Its not enough to just accept this, we must fight for truth. We do it by calling them out like Media Matters does. We do it by not watching them. And we can do it by writing and complaining to as well as boycotting those sponsors that pay to keep this misinformation and lies on the air.

I am going to start with the liar with the highest ratings on cable. O’Reilly. Last nights sponsors of the O’Liar Factor were: Hummer, Visa, Dannon,, Daimler-Chrysler, Scotttrade, HBO video, Lincoln Mercury, Yellowbook, General Mills, Embassy Suites, American Express, Office Depot, Lexus, Infiniti, Net Zero, My Network TV, Vonage, Glaxo Smith Kline, Cooper Tires, ServePro, Clairol, Subaru, Target, and Nextel.


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