You want to see another big word and be really impressed? You sir, are a classic example of Epistemic Closure. What, you may ask, is that?
Well; to put it in the colloquial, it means reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, faux news. Whatever conflicts with that reality can be dismissed out of hand because it comes from the liberal media, and is therefore ipso facto not to be trusted. (How do you know they’re liberal? Well, they disagree with the conservative media!) This is epistemic closure.
Another point, Media Matters isn't the only organization that keeps an eye on what faux news says, to wit;
NewsHounds - NewsHounds
FoxAttacks - FOX Attacks: They Distort. We Reply.
FauxNewsChannel - FOX: The Most Ridiculed Name in News
Fauxnewsboycott - Fox News Boycott | FNC truth, lies and advertisers exposed!
News Corpse - News Corpse | The Internet's Chronicle of Media Decay
During the primary, I vote for my preferred candidate even if it's my opinion that candidate will not win. Doesn't matter, I want to express my preference at that point in the process. But when it comes to the general election, I vote between the two major party candidates - don't see any strategic value in casting a protest vote for a candidate that might pull 10% on a record day. And, yes, the lesser of bad options is less bad.
BTW, the Green Party pushes for instant run off voting. If libertarians or other third parties really want their candidates to have a chance to win, it's a mystery why they don't actively push for this system. It allows people to cast a vote for a long shot, and still have their vote count if as expected (and is nearly always the case) the race comes down to one of the two major party candidates
Last edited by JasperL; 05-15-14 at 12:25 PM.
I dont care if you vote Libertarian and I have no illusions on their chances. They are a better alternative to voting lock step for garbage. You dont challenge your party. Partisan republicans dont challenge their party. As a result they are free to act in the interest of party and not country.
There are things about the Libertarian party I dont agree with. You never have to agree on every issue. I think many peoples ideas on a 'real' Libertarian government are foolish. Great in fairy tale land but not practical in the real world. Thats one of the reasons why the Libertarians remain a non player, even though the libertarian message of increased personal freedom and smaller more responsible federal government resonates with so many people.
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