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sugarkang
06-29-2011, 02:20 AM
I like Hitchens a lot. I used to like Chomsky a lot. I've heard complaints that Hitchens goes a little too far (http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2680/on_hitchens_on_chomsky/) and while I've seen actual accusations of slander, I've never seen evidence of actual slander.

Chomsky, on the other hand (http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2716/christopher_hitchens_refutatio/). Come on, Professor. At least apologize. Before one of you dies.

operative
06-29-2011, 08:38 AM
I like Hitchens a lot. I used to like Chomsky a lot. I've heard complaints that Hitchens goes a little too far (http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2680/on_hitchens_on_chomsky/) and while I've seen actual accusations of slander, I've never seen evidence of actual slander.

Chomsky, on the other hand (http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2716/christopher_hitchens_refutatio/). Come on, Professor. At least apologize. Before one of you dies.

Pfft, Chomsky hasn't even ever apologized for his propaganda work for the Khmer Rouge.

sugarkang
06-29-2011, 03:22 PM
Pfft, Chomsky hasn't even ever apologized for his propaganda work for the Khmer Rouge.

I vaguely recall him talking about Pol Pot being one of the worst ever. No?

Still, Manufacturing Consent was eye opening. It's ironic, then, that a leftist gave us advanced warning of nefarious opinion making tactics; it caused everyone to look to the right when they should have also been looking to the left.

Fox's misrepresentations, some more obvious than others, were not all that obvious before Jon Stewart. Because of his clever editing, which we now take for granted, we have a healthy air of skepticism regarding the information that comes out of the Fox network.

Though, there is no equivalent check on the left. One might say that Jon Stewart is the left's Rush Limbaugh, but Stewart has an air of legitimacy that Limbaugh does not, despite Rush having a larger audience. In our era of political correctness, Rush is casually dismissed by this fallacious reasoning: here is evidence that this person is incorrect; therefore, she is likely always incorrect.

But, perhaps even worse than this or, at least, in an effort to fight fire with fire, the left continually engages in casual fact omission. Armed with Jon Stewart, they can easily point to Fox's egregious and blatant misrepresentation (something the left would never do). Instead, the left will just leave out information to make their point. This is evident in an early diavlog with Ezra Klein who gives his tacit approval of this sort of thing. While I suppose for political activists out of power (2007) this might not seem unreasonable, it seems like this tactic has been widely accepted as legitimate. It's sad, really. That's in addition to it being scary, of course.

operative
06-29-2011, 03:30 PM
I vaguely recall him talking about Pol Pot being one of the worst ever. No?


He subsequently accepted what was overwhelmingly obvious when he was doing his odious PR work for the Khmer Rouge, but he has never come out and said, "I was wrong, I am very sorry." And I'd say that's because he's not sorry. When it gets right down to it, he doesn't really care.