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Opinion Intertwined With News: Unacceptable?  
User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Posted (6 years 2 weeks ago) and read 829 times:

I have CNN on in the background and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer is on.

Just now we had a two-minute slot called The Cafferty File.

It was some old man opining that the United States of America should not be donating US$1B in funds to rebuild the country of Georgia as proposed by Senator Barack Obama.

This is perplexing. Shouldn't news be purely factual so that readers, however stupid and naive, can make their own decisions based on information. They should not be swayed by those in the media that are so egotistical that they feel the need to take to the airwaves and print to promote their views in the name of "free speech".

"Free speech" that is, which seems to have been bastardised into "Freedom for me to impose my views on you should you be happening to be minding your own business trying to read news or unlucky enough to stumble on my column."

The only saving grace is that I have the confidence to seek rational information and do my best to filter out irrelevant third-party opinion. If only I was confident that everyone could do the same.

Rebuttal ?


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 818 times:

Shows like CNN's The Situation Room; Anything on Fox and MSNBC are all opinion driven. Any hard news would be at the beginning of shows.

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 816 times:



Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Thread starter):
Just now we had a two-minute slot called The Cafferty File.

Cafferty does a commentary, not the news. There is a difference. Every Paper, Radio, or TV outlet will have an OP/ED section.

Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Thread starter):
This is perplexing.

No it's not.


User currently offlineYfbflyer From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 795 times:



Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Thread starter):
This is perplexing. Shouldn't news be purely factual so that readers, however stupid and naive, can make their own decisions based on information. They should not be swayed by those in the media that are so egotistical that they feel the need to take to the airwaves and print to promote their views in the name of "free speech".

Change the channel quick you don't want to stick around for Lou Dobbs.


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