Steve's Talk Radio
Incomplete Sentences: Talk Radio's Greatest Weapon
by Steve Young
August 29, 2004 -- HOLLYWOOD (apj.us)
Forget campaign finance. Forget 527s. There ought to be a law against editing out the parts of sentences, paragraphs and statements which make a so-called truth a complete fabrication.
Someone (me) said, "50% of the truth is no truth at all." When you cut off the facts that do not further your argument or may even damage it, you dishonor your listeners.
Amazing that the Lords of Loud and the Swift Boat authors conveniently leave out that Kerry was telling the Senate Committee about the experiences of 150 particular veterans who admitted as much. And I know of none of those people who have asked Kerry to apologize. My guess is that wouldn't and the complete sentences wouldn't draw as much ire power for the fans of talk.
Okay. Forget incomplete sentences. Now they're just making it up.
Does it matter that Kerry is getting creamed with inaccuracies? Forget about cutting off heads. These guys are cutting off the truth at the neck.
Do talk show listeners care that the "information" they're receiving is out-and-out misinformation? Or do they think "fair and balanced" means, "Here's the fair, and now to balance it off, let's give you what isn't fair"?
Most important, is this just politics as usual? Or is it just a return to old time politics... of old time countries... that used disinformation to perpetuate hate against anyone who was not like them... and years later had a wall... that Reagan asked to be torn down?
Steve Young, political editor of National Lampoon and co-creator of National Lampoon's MoveOnPlease.org, is also the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" and "Winchell Mink...The Misadventure Begins" (Harper Collins), and writes about politics for AlbionMonitor.net and AmericanPolitics.com.
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