Media Literacy – A Postscript

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Ted Koppel, back in the day of more neutral news reporting.

In my recent post regarding media literacy contributing to critical thinking I tried to explain about the viewer/listener perspective of news being mixed with opinion thus giving the impression of news bias.  In the last 24 hours, specifically as reported on CBS Sunday Morning, veteran journalist Ted Koppel verbally duked it out with Sean Hannity of Fox News.

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Using Your Head Over Emotion (or How To NOT Sound Like An “Ignorati” Idiot): Part 3 – Media Literacy

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In Parts 1 and 2 I discussed the importance of critical thinking in forming political opinions in order to not sound like an ignorant idiot.  A close cousin is the idea of having some level of media literacy.  Ok.. let’s start with the

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Using Your Head Over Emotion (or How To NOT Sound Like An “Ignorati” Idiot): Part 2 – Critical Thinking

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This is what’s lacking and I am guessing there are people, maybe even reading this, that think they are a pinnacle of critical thought.  Um.. no.  Let’s start simple here… the definition of critical thinking…

“…the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue to form a judgment.”

  OBJECTIVE analysis.

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Using Your Head Over Emotion (or How To NOT Sound Like An “Ignorati” Idiot): Part 1 – Critical Thinking

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Some need this book.

(NOTE:  I thank my blog buddy, chuq, over at In Saner Thought, for the introduction to the term. “Ignorati” .. . those ignorant of mental discipline.)

The two subjects you stay away from in public is politics and religion.  We all know that.  We accept this because people, in general, are solid in their opinions and beliefs.  But while that is true, there are different reasons between the two subjects.  Beliefs are one thing; that’s usually between our inner selves and whatever

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The Sloppiest President In History?

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Support Trump!

Well, most certainly the sloppiest in the last 117 years (counting from 1900).  But this is what 46% of the voters wanted.  You can add to that stat, he’s the most inexperienced president in the last 117 years.  Let’s see, he’s certainly the most controversial president in the last 117 years because of his character and inexperience.

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How Many Of Us Actually Perform A “Hard Days Work”?

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It is??

We always hear this so often from politicians… something like, “Obamacare has failed hard working Americans”, or, “We need to cut taxes so hard working Americans can afford to live the American dream.”, or, “Illegal immigrants are taking the jobs away from hard working Americans.” (um.. if their jobs have been taken away, how can they be hard working?  Nevermind.. not the theme of this post.)

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BREAKING NEWS RANT: OMG… People, And Business, Fear Being In A Trump Tweet Now?

OMG… People, And Business, Fear Being In A Trump Tweet Now?

Presidential tweet intimidation?? Amazing how we’ve descended into some abyss even further.  You constantly hear from the far right at how much the Constitution means to them to the point that they are frothing at the mouth, fearing someone will take away their Second Amendment or some other ridiculous fear.  Then I read something like this….

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Now We Have a Crisis Of Confidence

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I have no idea who this Jack Schauer is but he is absolutely correct and I have no problem using his quote.

Well, with the Senate Intelligence Committee declaring there is no evidence of Obama having wire tapped Trump, and likely FBI’s Comey confirming it this coming Monday, this all pretty much is yet another outright… well… you gotta call it a lie.

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Let’s Take A Peek At The Leaks.. and Kellyanne’s, Umm.. Tweets?

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I know it plays into the hands of the Trump supporters that all those unauthorized White House leaks  are the result of all the Deep State liberal spies and saboteurs left in Hillary’s State Department and the Obama AG appointees around the country, but, sorry, it ain’t all that.  Some of this is actually normal.

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Maybe We Need To Get Our Act Together On Affordable Health Care Before Passing It

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Press Secretary Spicer showing off size of smaller Republican plan.  You think there’s a reason the Obamacare stack is larger?

Yah think?

This is from New York magazine (so is the pic above)…

“Today was not a good day for the American Health Care Act. Almost no one enjoyed their first taste of the House GOP’s “Obamacare Lite.” The bill is too liberal for tea-party Republicans and interest groups; too regressive for moderate Republicans and Democrats; and too poorly thought-out for health-care wonks of all stripes.”

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Hey, Anyone Remember The State Department?

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Is the sun setting on peaceful diplomacy?

No question there’s enough conflict, confrontation, and confusion emanating from the White House and spreading out across the media and America to fill a… well, fill a septic tank.  But while we’ve all been focused on

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Townhall Torture

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A recent typical rowdy townhall conducted by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)

While I find myself gratified in seeing all the anti-Trump sentiment being expressed so vehemently at these townhalls around the country, I am also dismayed at the total waste of time these things are for the elected officials holding them, if not for the public attending them.  I certainly understand the idea of townhall meetings

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Trump And The “Football”. Are We Scared Yet?

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“How can you trust him with the nuclear codes? You can’t do it.” President Obama about Trump, early November, 2016

Trusting him is a moot issue at this point but it does conjure up certain questions about the President’s ready access to the nuclear football, and the possibility of him using it.  To understand that part one has to understand what the nuclear football is, and isn’t.

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Trump Babble and Military Sacrifice

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The wife of deceased Navy Seal Ryan Owens at Trump’s first address to Congress

This is being written following Trump’s first address to Congress and while I found little out of the ordinary of any substance, his most notable remarks were regarding the demise of Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens during that recent mission in Yemen that went badly, but has been lauded as a success.  Trump’s remarks were fitting for the

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