"As free-thinking people, it is important that we look at the issues —
not the party. We need to question everything that politicians, television
anchors and radio commentators say. We can have differences and still be
friends. Our differences make us unique and our similarities make us
united."That's all well and good, but sorry to say, the
far-left and the far-right will both maintain the "my way or the
highway" mentality while at the same time express the opinion that, "The
only people who are open minded are those who agree with us." The far right will never question Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Shawn Hannity,
while the far-left will never question MSNBC, NPR or Joy Behar. Our
differences do make us unique, but more and more, people will use their
differences to build walls and create greater and greater intolerance in the
name of political correctness. George Orwell's 1984 is become
more and more prophetic.War is PeaceFreedom is
SlaveryIgnorance is Strength
Using Hitler is an epithat to get a point across. People don't agree with
everything nnsomeone says. However parties as a whole can get more done than
individuals. That is why people vote for philosophy not person.
Mr. Hippo..the "far left" will never question MSNBC or NPR? So Joe
Scarborough, Andrea Mitchell, and Chris Matthews are the far left? If that looks
far left to you, I'd hang on to the railing real tight because you could
fall off the edge real easy. In terms of perspective, the MSNBC view of the
world just won the election with over 50% of the vote. How is that an edge..it
looks like the middle to me.
Thank you, Jacqueline, for having the courage to stand up to Utah's
predominant party. I hope you can convince your neighbors to do the same next
election cycle. Perhaps then, we'd have a chance to elect some legislators
who are not beholden to the Eagle Forum or Big Business or ALEC.
pragmatistferlife,Please don't put MSNBC and NPR on the same
plane.To any reasonable person, MSNBC is a cheerleader for the left
just a Fox is for the right.NPR, despite some more liberal leanings,
is FAR more centrist and reliable as a news source.
It means the moderator is savoring sour grapes and is playing more censor today
than usual ---I'll try again....It Republicans and
the straight party-line ideological purity is ripening for a Totalitarian state.
Twinlights..They aren't the same, nor did I say so. My point, and I think
the only point I made aside from re-stating hippos thought, was that MSNBC is
not the "far" left as a network. They do editorialize democratic
positions, but those aren't even "far" left, historically. Raising
taxes to 39% on incomes over $250,000 is a decrease of 12% to 22% compared to
the Regan years. Obamacare is a rehash of the Repbulican proposal in the
Clinton years..hardly "far" left. Can you find commentators on MSNBC
that are more progressive sure, but they aren't the majority or the
network.Love NPR. It's the only radio station I listen to and
it's very much non partisan. It's only liberal bias is the liberal
bias reality has.
Since both the national parties are made up, owned and controlled by
businessmen, I wonder what would happen if there was a box on the ballot labeled
as the candidates with the best voting record and history for the general
welfare of people.
@pragmatistferlifeI was speaking in general terms, not about
specific commentators on various stations. True, not everyone on
MSNBC is a 100% liberal, just as not everyone on Fox News is a 100% conservative
(Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera come to mind). But when you factor in these
networks as a whole, I think it's fair to say MSNBC leans to the left while
Fox News leans to the right. As for NPR, nearly all my friends and family who
vote Democrat listen to NPR way more than they do Hannity, Limbaugh or
Savage.I voted for Romney in this election, but I don't totally
blame those who didn't fall in love with him or who felt he wasn't the
best choice for President. I personally know a number of LDS people here in Utah
who voted for Obama and for me to tell them they need to, "Stay in
Line," is totally foolish.
"...We need to question everything that politicians, television anchors and
radio commentators say...".When a repub questions rush
limbaugh's thinking, they end up clarifying what they meant to say.
NPR is funded by the government. Seems like that would make it pro big
government. They will never bite the hand that feeds them.
This letter is by someone who voted her conscience, and did not vote with the
majority party in the past election. That is to be applauded. I do wish
however that she had not referenced Hitler. I have my disagreements with the
Republican party in Utah. To compare current Republicans with Hitler, though,
is as repugnant as it is preposterous. Could we please leave a mass murderer
out of discussions of political differences?
Yes, no Hitler references please. While I agree that it probably feels like the
pressure to belong to or vote for a certain party is intense, under Hitler it
was more than intense. It was life and death. No dissent was allowed at all.
We're no where near that! With respect to the comments about media, I
don't watch MSNBC or Fox because I like more neutral news. I think NPR is
very neutral. I think the main news outlets are generally neutral as well. I
like to listen to partisans. in small doses -- like in a round table on Meet the
Press or McLaughlin Group. More than that I can't take.