Where Are You, Liberal Media?
Now that the Obama administration has characterized Fox News as a political opponent rather than a disinterested news outlet, people are debating the political fallout as well as the veracity of the White House’s challenge.
The first clear shot in an already tense relationship was fired by Communications Director Anita Dunn who said, “We’re going to treat [Fox News] the way we treat an opponent.” How has the supposedly liberal media reacted? Well, not very liberally.
You’d think that what Fox News calls "liberal media bias" would have caused a united front behind the challenge issued by the White House. “Fox News often operates either as the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” Ms. Dunn said. “They take their talking points, put them on the air, take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine, but let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”
However, the New York Times’ report on the event treats Fox News and the White House as two players with equally legitimate positions. One could surmise from the article that the Administration might be making it all up. No facts from Fox News broadcasts are reported on. Neither is the fact that former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said the Bush Administration gave talking points to Fox News commentators.
For a more objective (and "liberal") analysis of Fox News, read the Guardian’s article.
The genius of journalism is that it has the power to hold authority responsible. Objectivity does not mean everyone involved in a debate is equal. It is possible, likely even, that one side is more correct than the other. When the “liberal press” holds back on the facts for fear of being called liberal, which has been terribly conflated with not being objective, the one who shouts the loudest will “win” the debate.
Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.
- Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
- Time travel may be possible.
- Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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