The New York Times Uncovers Conservative Attacks and Then Prints One; Both Are on the Front Page

George Lakoff Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/26-0 The NY Times has many virtues and some important flaws. Both were evident on the paper’s front page this week and there is a lot to be learned by what did and did not appear there. For decades, Republican conservatives have constructed and carried out extensive, well-planned,...

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Typhoon Haiyan and the language of disaster

Rebecca Solnit Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-solnit-typhoon-language-20131117,0,438127.story#axzz2kvJSXXxg A lie repeated often and confidently enough can become widely mistaken for the truth, becoming a belief that obscures the facts. False beliefs about disaster follow this model; their poison is concentrated in a few oft-deployed words, notably “mobs,” “panic” and “looting.” This poison...

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How the “Know Nothing” Press Extended the Shutdown

The Daily Take The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19480-how-the-know-nothing-press-extended-the-shutdown The Tea Party radicals in Washington are blaming the “liberal” media to explain their sudden surrender in the government shutdown fight. And, in a way, the Tea Partiers are right. The media is to blame, but not for the reasons they think....

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