I agree with you. EVERYONE is so used to believing what they hear from the mainstream media, us included, it is hard to not take what we hear/read/see as anything other than correct. We always lose because we can’t get past this cultural norm. We must get past it. Free Republic is the best at getting past it, but we have to do better by getting others to buy into the fact that the media lies. The government lies. Our culture is highly damaged. We will be fortunate if we survive this crisis of culture. To survive we must all question, push, doubt, demand proof, etc. The fact that the President of the United States could give a State of the Union address so filled with lies (the biggest was the insult to the Supreme Court) is strong evidence of how far we have sunk. All of us need to take a personal pledge to try to fix this problem in each of our own networks. I often ask a “pronouncer” of some fact what is the source of their information. No matter what they say (other than eye-witness) I respond with “so you trust that source? Why?” I don’t argue, I just keep asking questions. Usually I get a “wow, I never thought about it like that.”
I have really enjoyed FR for exactly this reason. Bacon said that "writing makes an exact man", and on FR one has the opportunity to write and get immediate corrective feedback.
There was the time I posted a comment about General "Black Jack" Pershing, containing a story about his handling of rebels in the Philippines around a hundred years ago. Couldn't remember where I had seen it originally, but the gist of the thing was that he had executed 5 out of 6 Muslim partisans and buried them in pig offal; then let the sixth one go home to report, thus putting a damper on the Muslim insurgency.
Well, not an hour had passed before I got questions about the source of that story, so I went looking for online references and found that, lo and behold, there were none. No source from that time makes reference to Pershing having done any such thing. He was in the islands at the time, but that is the only point of contact this story has with reality.
Shut my mouth properly, that one did. Wouldn't have happened nearly as fast or effectively without FR.
Agreed. Salt cannot be taken by the grain when dealing with the MSM but by the truckload.