Shock and Sadness: Bre Payton Dies (Part II)

Shock and Sadness: Bre Payton Dies (Part II)


I know this stuff and… I don’t freakin’ like it one bit! I could tell you that it all really hurts, and that “recovery” is just a pretty name for “learning to live with the pain,” but that would be only scratching the surface.  If a genie were to grant me a bunch of prayers, with a bunch of time to formulate them to be sure that I express them correctly, I can tell you that at least one of them would cover the notion of no one burying someone well before that person’s time. 

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Shock and Sadness: Bre Payton Dies

Shock and Sadness: Bre Payton Dies


She was so very young! I know what you’re thinking: Some exotic mixture of narcotics and alcohol that she was trying out for the first time. Stupid, irresponsible kid! How could she? Or else, she was mixed up in some emotional entanglement or other with a married man, got caught and realized that her public persona so contrasted with her private life that she was forever tarnished. Or she got drunk one day and drove her car off a bridge. We’re always so quick to blame young people for their own deaths when they die. It was none of the above.

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The One Who Got Caught (Part III) — Follow-Up

The One Who Got Caught (Part III) — Follow-Up


This is the case where one Claas Relotius, a “journalist” for the very prestigious German publication Der Spiegel admitted that he’d been fabricating stories for many years. So now, Der Spiegel, in an attempt to get out in front of all this, is suing Relotius. As if it’s entirely his fault… Just a thought, but I think the case can be made that the American public has standing to file a criminal complaint, probably a class action lawsuit type of thing, against much of America’s “news” media.    

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The One Who Got Caught (Part II) — The Lessons


All points along the political spectrum get it wrong from time to time — many times! — but in reporting (key word) what they consider to be facts, generally they tell the truth. This is the key distinction between those who say they report news, and those who honestly admit they’re spreading opinion: The ones who say say they report news, generally ignore, twist, manipulate, distort or even fabricate “facts” so that they can hardly be called facts anymore.  How ironic that the only places where we can find reliable “information” are in the pages of opinion publications! That’s the lesson that this Claas Relotius episode brings home so forcefully. Continue reading The One Who Got Caught (Part II) — The Lessons

The One Who Got Caught

The One Who Got Caught


What Claas Relotius did was produce fake news. For years. His fake news was a bunch of out and out fabrications. Made up stuff. Stuff that never happened that Relotius said did happen. That kind of stuff. However, there’s no difference between that kind of fake news and any other “news” that distorts or misleads in order to push an agenda. No difference whatsoever.   

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