Sunday, September 10, 2006

ACTION ITEM: 9/10/06

In a case of "physician, heal thyself," I'm going to begin posting periodic (weekly, or thereabouts) ideas for things we can do in response to Sinclair and/or Mark Hyman. Sometimes, these might simply be suggestions to respond to a particularly atrocious "Point" by sending in responses directly to the website. Other times, I might post the address of a sponsor who buys ad time on Sinclair stations asking them to stop, a company or firm that owns Sinclair stock, a policy maker who has some influence on broadcast issues, etc. It could also involve contact information of individuals or groups attacked by Hyman, with the idea that we could drop them a quick note of support. I'll try to make these suggestions timely and relevant to whatever Hyman has said recently, so the specifics will largely depend on circumstance.

After all, rhetoric should be purposeful, and while it's fine and dandy to agree that Hyman's bad news (in many senses of the phrase), I think it's also important to offer suggestions of specific actions, as small as they might be, that might work toward a solution to the affliction of Hymanitis.

This week, I'm suggesting that we respond specifically to Hyman's recent "Point" in which he creatively played with statistics to support the ridiculous assertion that serving in Iraq isn't really all that dangerous after all. This is a particularly good one to respond to, since it involves not simply an offensive idea and propagandistic appeals, but a clear, objective misstatement of factual information.

I doubt we'll get a true mea culpa from Hyman on the next Mailbag segment, but perhaps by calling him on his lie, we can get inside his head a bit.

You can read and respond to Hyman's editorial here.

You can just scroll down to read our response to the editorial, or else just click here.



At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I took your "bait" on Mark's fishy story.

thanks for the suggestion for Action.

Now, how do we get the Fairness Doctrine back?

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is a little off topic, but...

I'm not endorsing the book that's advertised, but am suggesting that folks might "enjoy" the 4-minute video that includes several BushCo moments of the deadly propaganda that led us into the Bush Quagmire.

It's funny in how stupid, incompetent, and foolish the BushControlTeam look, but saddening and upsetting to recall the arrogance of this crowd. Just remember: 10,000's dead for Bush's oil fantasy...


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