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Newspeak Doublthink 2018

Newspeak Doublthink 2018

Fox News host Laura Ingraham is all about the First Amendment these days. It’s kind of refreshing to see her shift her attentions from the Second Amendment, which was all she could talk about a couple of weeks ago when she lashed out at survivors of a mass shooting. Ingraham lobbed a vicious and irrelevant personal attack on high school student David Hogg. Hogg responded by calling for a boycott of Ingraham’s advertisers. After about a dozen companies pulled their…

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‘Unwitting’ is Not Good

‘Unwitting’ is Not Good

The word ‘unwitting’ is trending right now thanks to a set of indictments and reports from the Mueller investigation proving that Russians worked to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. Russian operatives apparently infiltrated the Trump campaign by engaging with unwitting aides. That word—unwitting—is the one the administration has embraced as proof they did nothing wrong. It isn’t proof of anything like that. A person who is unwitting lacks knowledge or intent or both, but ignorance is…

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My Heroes Have Always Been Journalists

My Heroes Have Always Been Journalists

I’ve always been a fan of good journalism. Good journalism is more than shoving a microphone under someone’s chin and letting them spew. Good journalism takes time. It requires a heightened level of skepticism and suspicion. A good journalist must constantly ask herself if the story she is hearing is true and verifiable, and if the source of that story is credible. This week we learned that journalists at the Washington Post are doing just that. The journalists were not fooled…

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Notes From a Skeptic

Notes From a Skeptic

I grew up in a blue household deep in red America. As a result, my social media feeds run purple. Unlike many of my friends in Colorado and Mississippi, I can’t count on a nonstop echo chamber for my views. Whatever I say, someone will disagree with and I’m okay with that. It’s not good for anyone to live in a cocoon of affirmation. Here are a few things I know to be true. Conservatives who feast on a steady diet of Fox…

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