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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Whatever our government tells us is just words and our media complies by spreading "fake" news

hersh was speaking in saskatchewan...
When the American government says the US is winning in Iraq and is not torturing prisoners, they are just words, [Seymour] Hersh told his audience of journalism students in Regina, Canada. "We are in real trouble [in Iraq]."


Hersh said media outlets spread 'fake' news and suggested his audience resort to translations of local media sources when learning about issues concerning the Middle East.

we have an inborn tendency to want to believe that what someone is telling us is true, particularly if the source has a position of authority or supposed credibility... a mindset of never listening or believing what someone is saying is an unnatural act... our government and our media know this and have used it to their full advantage, and if you don't happen to be someone who has the time or the inclination to dig, dig, dig for the truth, your views will, by default, be shaped by what those ever-present voices are presenting as reality... it shouldn't have to be that way and our founders are turning over in their graves as i type this...

hersh's last comment about turning to local sources in translation is one of the very best arguments for following juan cole...

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