Sunday, October 29, 2006

David Letterman Has it Right

.. when he responds to Bill O'Reilly's demand for a yes/no answer to a substance-free question on Iraq.

We need more thoughtfulness in politics and political analysis and less posturing which hopes that people will view thoughtfulness as uncertainty or weakness.

Those with weak positions need to shout catch phrases the loudest and do everything they can to stop people from viewing issues from all angles and viewing all types of people as being equally human and deserving of consideration. That means blatently turning groups of people into Halloween-style menaces.

There is a huge difference between opposing other people's positions and opposing other people's basic human rights. We forget that at great peril.

Following shallow pundits like Bill O'Reilly is an easy path because his followers can escape responsibility for their choices (I was steered wrong) or lack of interest (I have a life) by claiming that the pundit in question became corrupt. Then they can latch onto the next shallow pundit who reinforces both their hopes and their fears.
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posted by Marcella Chester @ 2:04 PM   2 comments links to this post


At October 30, 2006 12:01 PM, Blogger TamerTerra said...

@ vid: Win!

@ post: Word. There's getting to be a real problem with catch-phrases being used instead of rational argument, and using logical reasoning against those people who use catch-phrases extensively is becoming near impossible. It's a terrible state of affairs.

At November 03, 2006 10:34 PM, Blogger Gracchi said...

Yeah the catchphrase thing is a real problem. I often find it- I'm fairly academic in my leanings and you find that the history of most things is actually fairly complicated and nuanced and then some idiot comes on spewing stuff about Islamo fascism and saying that Islamic peoples have alwasy been evil. And you sound weak because your reply is well like everyone sometimes they have been nice and sometimes not so nice. The crowd goes with assertivness.

I loved Stephen Colbert's thing on this when he asked Olberman have you ever been wrong and Olberman said yes, Colbert illustrated how stupid people like O'Reilly are by saying well I can never trust you again- you've been wrong. Perfect slapdown for the Fox faction.


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