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Rick Fielding BS: Publicly speaking the truth. Rare. (68* d) BS: Publicly speaking the truth. Rare. 05 Sep 03


I guess this is probably just a symptom of ageing, but I find myself constantly shaking my head at the absolutely ridiculous babble that passes for "TV Truth" these days. I used to just laugh when a politician or commentator said something obviously coloured by his/her idealogical bias, because I honestly felt that (like me) the majority of folks were chuckling too.

The last year has changed all that. I've watched countries gladly send soldiers off to die in bogus wars on the the most transparent flimsy lies. I've seen a network that I used to enjoy watching (CNN) completely lose it's credibility by becoming strictly an entertainment channel. (or worse, a Government policy cheerleading team)

Mostly I've lost so much respect for my fellow humans who either buy wholeheartedly the obvious bunk, or who fail to see that their own fanaticism (political, religious, whatever..) matches perfectly with that of "The enemy". It IS disheartening.

But occasionally I see on the tube people who seem to make sense. One (Bill Maher) does it through humour, the other two, Journalists Robert Fisk and Christopher Hitchings (both British coincidentally) just seem to be able to look at all sides of the hot button issues and make interesting points......and I don't feel insulted to be watching and listening.....WHETHER I agree with them or not.

There are other people I enjoy listening to like Michael Moore or Ralph Nader, and even occasionally Jesse Ventura,(!!) because I tend to agree with them a lot....but I won't put them in this list because they all manipulate a lot....and I'm talking about people who simply and dispassionately speak the TRUTH (on TV)

So that's my list:

Bill Maher
Robert Fisk
Christopher Hitchings

Any thoughts on who YOU believe speaks honestly (on TV)?

Cheers

Rick


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