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Guillermo X. Garcia
Gunmen kill Iraqi general, driver in Baghdad Insurgent attacks against officials escalate
Orange County diocese docs show coverups for pedophiles For more than two decades, covered up for priests who molested children, shuffling predators from parish to parish and diocese to diocese, protecting them from prosecution and failing to warn parishioners of the danger
PETA charges lab cruelty has accused a northern Virginia laboratory of animal cruelty -- including charges of punching and choking lab monkeys -- and has produced a videotape to prove it.
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The reporting on the Newsweek story concerning the alleged desecration of a Koran seems pretty one-sided -- and definitely not as a result of spin by the "liberal media." Newsreaders and legitimate journalists alike seem fond of saying that the release of the false story has cost lives, as if that is a fact that has been proved. In fact, General Richard Myers has stated that the rioting in Afghanistan is more related to the on-going political reconciliation process in Afghanistan than to the Gitmo incident.
There is a common but logically erroneous argument known in philosophy as "post hoc, ergo propter hoc." It means literally "after the fact, therefore because of the fact." This logical fallacy is seductive in its simplicity and is "bought" by many uncritical thinkers. An old example of this argument goes like this:
1. 70% of heroin users tried marijuana;
The problem with this argument is transparent: in all likelihood, over 99% of heroin users drank milk as children. The more relevant query would be what percentage of milk drinkers went on to use heroin. I wold surmise that there is no statistical relevance between those two variables (milk drinking and heroin use). Likewise, just because the rioting in Afghanistan occurred after the Newsweek story does not establish a causal relation.
Another issue regarding Newsweek's report is that the reporter apparently submitted the story to Army brass prior to its publication. Although the military had criticism of one portion of the story, no criticism was leveled against the report of the Koran incident. Doesn't the military bear some responsibility? And why hasn't the White House come clean about this part of the story?
My point to all this is that the mainstream press reports and repeats this story as if there is no doubt that Newsweek alone is reponsible and people died. There seems to be more to it than that.
Excellent, well said, accurate and timely. But---------Steve W has to understand that our educational system spends 10 times more on sports than on journalism, education and scientific inquiry combined and has no use for philosophy at all unless you want to call dogma philosophy. The Philosophy at work here, and in most of the media today, the Brad Messer show excepted of course, is that the media creates the news out of the facts. The facts are just seeds doused with a hefty dose of Miracle Gro and presented as a colorful flower to the audience as God's own creation. And because the educational system is what it is, the audience goes "OOOOOOOO-how pretty" and goes about planning their next trip to the Wal Mart or the next exciting adventure in Spurland. Your thoughts are admirable Steve W, honest and true, maybe you, I, and Brad can discuss them endlessly in the hold of this sinking ship we call "Media Integrity."