Indoctrination and removing the common ground

WaPo columnist: Sanders humiliates the media daily By Rebecca Savransky – Kudos to Sanders. Savaransky provides another example of a sore loser. Exposure is ‘fake news’ and the reporters’ rights to free speech are being squashed and, of course, nothing Sanders says is Truth.

“Her daily humiliation of the press, making them seem like churlish children, is a booster shot of ‘fake news’ animus that also apparently inoculates against viral truths.”

“To the media, she is the wall Trump promised to erect and, increasingly, it seems, we are the swamp he seeks to drain. Out with the media, out with free speech, out with facts!” Parker wrote.

Where Is the Common Ground Anymore? By Janice Shaw Crouse – “Is it even possible to compromise with the left?

there can be no compromise until there is agreement on “principled compromise,” where there is mutual respect for both the opposition and the process of debating differences honestly and honorably. There will be no common ground until people are willing to face the true basis of their differences – factually instead of emotionally – to face the degree to which their goals boil down the gratification of being in control, having power, or having their own way. Only then will we be able to “form a more perfect union” for the ultimate goal of preserving individuals’ freedom to hold their own beliefs – even age-old opinions as well as tried and true traditions that do not conform to the latest fad. Can we recover this hallowed principle that served us well as common ground?

Undoing the Dis-Education of Millennials By Adam J. MacLeod – “most of them cannot think, don’t know very much, and are enslaved to their appetites and feelings.”

“Before I can teach you how to reason, I must first teach you how to rid yourself of unreason. For many of you have not yet been educated. You have been dis-educated. To put it bluntly, you have been indoctrinated. Before you learn how to think you must first learn how to stop unthinking.

FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal by Jon Brodkin – “Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don’t count for much.” This is a tech groupie trying to make sense of the Left’s inability to win an argument and, in the process, demonstrating MacLeod’s education problem. A techie should realize that the ad populum argument just doesn’t mean much in establishing the quality of an argument. Bodkin identifies no other issue than the “millions of comments” and makes no attempt to address the FCC’s points except for a few derogatory comments.

“A senior FCC official spoke with reporters about Pai’s anti-net neutrality plan in a phone briefing yesterday and explained why the FCC is not swayed by public opinion on net neutrality.

The vast majority of comments consisted of form letters from both pro- and anti-net neutrality groups and generally did not introduce new facts into the record or make serious legal arguments, the official from Pai’s office said. In general, the comments stated opinions or made assertions and did not have much bearing on Pai’s decision, the official said. The official spoke with reporters on the condition that he not be named and that his comments can be paraphrased but not quoted directly.

The official noted that many of the comments are fraudulent. He said that there were 7.5 million identical comments that came from 45,000 unique names and addresses, apparently due to a scammer who repeatedly submitted the same comment under a series of different names.

FCC Releases Net Neutrality Killing Order, Hopes You’re Too Busy Cooking Turkey To Read It by Karl Bode provides another example where ad hominem and other logical fallacies are used rather than a reasoned examination of the issues and implications. Consider the inconsistency in this assertion:

“In short, the FCC’s plan to dismantle net neutrality rules is every bit as bad as most people expected it to be, and potentially a little bit worse. It opens the door to all manner of anti-competitive behavior by AT&T, Verizon, Charter and Comcast, while mindlessly dismissing the very real harms a lack of broadband competition is having on numerous industries.

Just how many competitors do you need to have? Maybe “anti-competitive behavior” is due to other factors? Bode can’t let such thoughts interfere with his fantasy and his rant shows this.

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