Jon, you usually make good points, but this time you may have opened a can of worms, Main Stream Media isn't to blame for presidential elections, green house gases, world hunger, or any other plague that affects the people of this earth. It's individuals like yourself that have one on one contact with other individuals and impose your opinions on the subconsciouses of others who read what you write. Remember the saying " believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see " ? Like it or not, what you print on this board is just as powerful as what is printed in the paper or said on the TV. I compare ALL posts on a message board as listening to Rush Limbaugh, because they all seem extreme and need to be taken with a grain of salt. Anyone who listens to the media knows that when they are reporting controversial subjects, the reporter will leave an 'out' in the story just in case they are wrong. It sounds like this "" ...and so the glove that was found matches the missing glove of OJ Simpson, what do you think, should the prosecutors charge him with murder? ... "" The media isn't saying he did it, because they would open themselves up to lawsuits.
"I compare ALL posts on a message board as listening to Rush Limbaugh, because they all seem extreme and need to be taken with a grain of salt."
But the radical liberal post of Ricky and others and the radical, callous, and spiteful post of Sir Echo are acceptable and reflect a sense of sanity and fairness?
Because Ricky says it, doesn’t mean it is so. Because Limbaugh says it doesn’t necessarily mean it is wrong; it all correlates to Ricky’s oft-used example of the broken clock.
Because a persons opinion or beliefs don’t correspond directly with another person’s simply means a difference of opinion. When you start adding the expletives, demanding that the other is idiotic, etc. is when the opinion begins to lose any credibility.
"The media isn't saying he did it, because they would open themselves up to lawsuits."
The media isn't saying he did it because it is their role to provide you with information with which you make your own conclusions. They should not provide you with conclusions. In particular, people tend to view trying people (even OJ Simpson) in the media as an abrogation of journalistic integrity.
Journalists are not commentators or analysts. Rush Limbaugh is not a journalist, he is a commentator and entertainer. Too many people prefer Rush Limbaughs to tell them what to think to journalists who provide objective information.