After hearing another misleading story about the proposed health care plan, I realized the problem I have with the political right is not their policies, some of which, like gun rights, I support very strongly. It is that their strategy for dealing with opposing viewpoints is not open debate (the American way), but instead to try to shut down debate (as we have seen at the protests at town hall meeting about health care) and flood the media with distortions and outright LIES! Here are just three fact checked examples for the last few days:
False Euthanasia Claims | FactCheck.org
Cash for Clunkers | FactCheck.org
CPR Administers Bad Facts, Again | FactCheck.org
I'm not sure what I think about the following organization because I haven't researched it well yet, but it is nice to see that others who see the problem are trying to do something about it:
What We Stand For | Save the News
I do think it is very dangerous to our democracy that blindly partisan ideologues are masquerading as Newsmen! Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh (just to name a few) are propaganda pushers, pretending to be Newscasters with the public's best interest at heart. To be fair, recently some have popped up on the left as well. Keith Olbermann and the rest of the MSNBC crowd are just as crappy "Non-News" as the Fox goons are. Don't get me wrong; I have no problem with these folks sharing their opinions and exercising their free speech. I just have a problem with them doing it while pretending to be newscasters. What scares me is that FOX and MSNBC are the two most popular news sources!
I really think this is one of the biggest problems facing our country today.