Will the Gianforte victory help reporters grow up and be respectful of truth?
The response of the people of Montana seems to be a reflection of most American's attitude toward the arrogant dismissiveness of news media to truth. Will they learn from the response or will they dig their heels in and continue to try to present themselves as people we need because they think we cannot think?
I think if the election had been held a week from now, we might be able to gauge a response better. As it is, over 250,000 Montana voters cast absentee ballots before the incident occurred.
I hardly think coming to blows, no matter who did what, is a reasonable response to being asked a question. I think the media should do a better job of reporting only the facts, without spin, and our elected officials, or those running for office, should stop treating them like the enemy.
That is not the problem. The problem is lying. The news media is getting real good at lying for ratings. If a spoken question states clearly a defamatory/fighting words statement. Out west we can fight a man over it. The greatest gen. would.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt , the MSM will dig in their ignorant heels and keep up the deception, twisting and omission of the truth.
Words which would likely make the person whom they are addressed commit an act of violence. Fighting words are a category of speech that is unprotected by the First Amendment. Chaplinsky v New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942)
n. words intentionally directed toward another person which are so nasty and full of malice as to cause the hearer to suffer emotional distress or incite him/her to immediately retaliate physically - broken glasses guy didn't do that.
This is such a weird take. The reporter asked a valid question about the candidate's take on his support for the new healthcare bill given the problematic CBO scores. It was the candidate who was completely in the wrong here and the reporter was doing his job, which is to inform people on the positions of either their elected representatives or those who seek elected office. If the candidate couldn't defend his support for the healthcare bill without becoming violent that's a real problem. Maybe he shouldn't be supporting bills he's unable to defend or explain.
This anti-media attitude could very well destroy American democracy if dishonest politicians can successfully turn the media into the bad guys. The Founding Fathers felt that a free media was vital to a functioning democracy. What's sad is that so many people seem to be siding with the corrupt politicians rather than the journalists who are trying to get to the truth. Since we all can't interview politicians ourselves we need people to do the job for us. How can we think about issues if we don't have people doing investigative reporting.
Since 7 out of 10 voters had already cast ballots, we have no way of knowing if they didn't care about the violent attack on a journalist who was just trying to do his job or not. But I hope most did. Politicians are way to corrupt. We need a functioning media to ensure we're aware of what they're up to.
Yep we sure could use a functioning media. I would feel so much better if I dinn't first have to check three media sources and then get an actual account and then decide. On either side of the political side we do not have a functioning media. TMZ.
I'm not supportive of treating the media poorly, but I am supportive of calling the media out for it's complete lack of objectivity. The kickback against the media is deserved; maybe members of that esteemed institution will right their ship??
It's nonsense to say the media lack objectivity. They go too far in trying to present both sides even in cases where one side is completely invalid. They need to get tougher on politicians and start calling them out. The media is too damn nice.
That's a disingenuous response to my comment, unless you've been hiding for some years.
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