The Science of Journalism

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Unknown Author - nyletters@nymag.com

Cc: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@turbousa.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 25 Jul 2016 12:00 CDT

Subject: Very Interesting...

I am referring to your articles, "The Case Against the Media, by the Media" and "113 Journalists Surveyed on Why They're So Despised".

As, I wrote -- "Very Interesting..." You really covered the subject -- with one gigantic error, and I quote.

There's a difference between fact and opinion. There's a difference between reporting and opining. We all have opinions, but that doesn't mean everything we write or report IS opinion or even shaped by opinion ... and part of the problem in the world today is that we're so damn partisan we think facts are biased. They're not. But somehow, now, the right argues with the left over facts that should be indisputable -- because we've blurred the lines between fact and fiction and acted as though facts are biased. They're not. 

There is no such thing as a "fact" -- only opinions -- opinions in the process of being validated -- some further along than others. I am stating my opinion about "facts" and defy you to prove me wrong.

We are in deep shit -- as long as the media continues to monopolize the process of opinion validation. We live in a democracy in the 21st century -- we have international one on one communication that the media controls with all that bull shit you covered with those two articles.

The real question becomes, "Are you willing to change your ways for the benefit of a truly Democratic form of government. -- or is it going to continue to be more and more bull shit to cover up all the previous bull shit??"

to be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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