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The Mainstreaming Of Mendacity
Free Republic Editorials | 5/23/2012 | By Laz A. Mataz

Posted on 05/23/2012 6:49:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz

Imagine you had a watchdog. Imagine, further, that it would only bark at and attack female burglars and male burglars would get only a sad look and perhaps a submissive lick or two. This watchdog would not be a very useful guardian, would it? Your house or store would soon end up completely ransacked.

This is the situation America faces, with the selective watchdog -- the so-called 'mainstream media' -- that we presently have.

When I was very young, and television sets had mechanical channel changers, I lived in a place (Rochester, New York) where the three major network channels where in close proximity to one another. One day I happened to notice that the three national news broadcasts had the exact same segments at the exact same time. This fascinated me. I verified over the next few weeks that this was not a fluke, but a constant practice. I even made a game of trying to get the anchors to complete each other's sentences by rapidly flipping the channels. While my mother would occasionally notice, and yell at me for 'breaking the TV set', I sometimes actually -- scarily -- succeeded. This gave lie to the publicized prevarication that we had a free and independent press. Even as naive youth, I quickly saw behind the curtain. The press was free, but they chose to collude and present the exact same message to the public. Your only choice was who would give you a homogenized message and uniform message.

The press and the 'mainstream media' often craft their message by what they refuse to report. Like a watchdog that refuses to bark at a certain type of burglar, this allows a class of politicians -- in this case, Democrats -- to ransack the House Politick unimpeded.

Let's look at a few of the glaring omissions in the reporting of the JournOlist Caste:

This is mendacity, and it is mainstreamed. It is institutional.

We have self-described watchdogs whose barks and bites only seem to be visited upon one type of burglar. The other type is free to act, with our watchdog's blessing.

Sorry. That dog won't hunt.


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1 posted on 05/23/2012 6:49:45 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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2 posted on 05/23/2012 6:51:44 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz

Good one, Laz...


3 posted on 05/23/2012 6:55:44 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Lazamataz

So very true. Thank you for your outstanding essay, dear Lazamataz!


4 posted on 05/23/2012 6:56:57 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Wow! High praise, coming from you, sweetie!


5 posted on 05/23/2012 7:04:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Jim Robinson; bray; Jean S; JohnHuang2; kristinn

Once more into the breach. I hope you all enjoy.


6 posted on 05/23/2012 7:08:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz
This is mendacity, and it is mainstreamed. It is institutional.

Yep. It's straight out of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. And, if you like, straight from its devotee, the Father of Lies, the ole Devil.

7 posted on 05/23/2012 7:09:20 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Lazamataz
I actually witnessed a "massive protest" at a local courthouse a few years back. Here is the way it went down:

As I exited the courthouse, I noticed that all of the major local TV stations had their reporters, cameramen and satellite trucks situated outside the courthouse with all cameras focused at the building door.

Exactly at noon, 12 "protesters" (all of whom were court unionized employees) appeared. They lined up off camera and then proceeded to walk in a circle around the cameras and past the Courthouse door, each carrying a protest sign they had just picked up (about unfair treatment by the county). As they walked off camera, each "protester" picked up a different sign and went past the door again. This continued for about a minute, when the camera men indicated they got the footage. That's when the protest immediately stopped, the signs collected and many of the "protesters" went to a local cafe to get lunch.

Of course, the groups leader stuck around to be interviewed by the reporters on site.

The entire event was staged, with the active participation of the local media.

On the local news that evening, the "protest" received complete and detailed coverage, including comments from the anchor person about the huge protest at the courthouse.

8 posted on 05/23/2012 7:20:05 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: CharacterCounts
That was amazing.

More proof for my tagline.

9 posted on 05/23/2012 7:22:31 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Thanks for your kind words!


10 posted on 05/23/2012 7:23:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz

The Old Media has committed professional suicide.

Pray for America


11 posted on 05/23/2012 7:24:31 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Lazamataz

>One day I happened to notice that the three national news broadcasts had the exact same segments at the exact same time. This fascinated me.<

I’ve noticed this in my area as well. They follow the same line up and formula too.

I just watch to see what they’re trying to throw on the wall next.

Not all of us are nearly as stupid as the elite would like to believe we are.


12 posted on 05/23/2012 7:25:07 AM PDT by Califreak ( Vote For Pedro!)
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To: Lazamataz
Once more into the breach. I hope you all enjoy.

Unless you're employed as a human cannonball- then it's 'once more into the breech'.

Good piece- and one of my...well, 'pet peeves' is too soft a phrase.

13 posted on 05/23/2012 7:25:46 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Lazamataz

8. 10. 13

Only people from Ra Cha Cha will understand the “Secret Code” :)

Noticed the same thing in my youth. It is easier now that you don’t need to turn the dial, you can hit the remote


14 posted on 05/23/2012 7:31:22 AM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Lazamataz
The Media Bias--It's Real, It's Widespread, It's Destructive

~ Larry Elder, "The Ten Things You Can't Say In America"

15 posted on 05/23/2012 7:34:18 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Lazamataz

Lap dogs, laz, lap dogs.


16 posted on 05/23/2012 7:35:53 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Lazamataz

It’s no longer “the media” ... it’s the Ministry of Truth.


17 posted on 05/23/2012 7:37:43 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Riley
Unless you're employed as a human cannonball- then it's 'once more into the breech'.

I've been playing a lot of Total War: Empire, and when you go into first-person mode and you have opened a hole in the fortress wall, when you command a brigade to charge through it, the Englishman commander will yell, "Into the breach, m'lads!!!!"

breach (brch) n. 1. a. An opening, a tear, or a rupture.

I'm doing it right.

But that you for your kind words about how the piece was good and appropriate and how there were no grammer or speling errors and especially how there were no run-on sentences like when other places who do writing have these awful run-on sentences which combine several different points or even paragraphs into one which is against the rules featured in Strunk and Whites 'Elements of Style' which was one of my favorite books in college and helped me learn how to write so gooder.

18 posted on 05/23/2012 7:38:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: 5Madman2

8. 10. 13. 21. :)


19 posted on 05/23/2012 7:40:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz...it ain’t a free press......

http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/MOCK/mockingbird.php

down the middle of the page...


20 posted on 05/23/2012 7:51:51 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Lazamataz
The problems with our mainstream press go further than protecting the Kenyan and his blatant failures.

I look at how the press ignores the real issues of racism in America. When two white reporters get assaulted by black thugs in a true racially motivated hate crime, yet their own paper won't report it; then something is seriously wrong.

Wait. I take that back. The press doesn't always ignore racial issues. Sometimes they EXACERBATE and INFLAME racial tensions. See any coverage of Trayvon Martin for example. Where an innocent little boy was assassinated by racist George Zimmerman.

America has lost our voice. When the press is in bed with liberalism to such a sad degree, we have truly abandoned our rights to a Free Press. But there's hope. Look at Pravda. Once a tool of the Communist government; once a state run media - now is a Free Press indeed!

Maybe some day America can be so lucky.

21 posted on 05/23/2012 7:52:30 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Lazamataz

>>I’m doing it right.

I know you are- I wasn’t criticizing your spelling or word usage.

The not-a-run-on-sentence made me dizzy, though. :-)


22 posted on 05/23/2012 7:53:05 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Lazamataz
Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

23 posted on 05/23/2012 7:53:35 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: DuncanWaring
"It’s no longer “the media” ... it’s the Ministry of Truth."

Someone needs to 'Do an Alinsky' on the Networks' main newsreaders. Are you telling me that young Poppywhatisname on ABC, Canadian Brian on NBC and Whoever on CBS (does anyone watch that channel?) have no embarrassing moments that they want to keep quiet? They think that they are Demigods in the thrall of the Chief God, The Won, the only True God Obozo. Let's expose them and take them out of contention.

24 posted on 05/23/2012 7:54:33 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Lazamataz

Fast and Furious.....Catholic church suing the administration.....

With the ability to manipulate and cover up to this degree, I question whether we can ever have another honest election in this country. I really doubt it.


25 posted on 05/23/2012 7:55:19 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CharacterCounts
My mother used to work next to the courthouse, in a medium-sized town in Maine.

What you witnessed, she said was a matter of routine. And this was 25-30 years ago.

The more things change......

26 posted on 05/23/2012 7:59:05 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Lazamataz
When I was very young, and television sets had mechanical channel changers, I lived in a place (Rochester, New York) where the three major network channels where in close proximity to one another.

Good post. Maybe we were neighbors - I grew up in Rochester, NY too. City until '62, then Henrietta. Remember both the knobs 9even "autotuners" just turned the knob with the same clicking action) and we had a motorized antenna on the roof with the direction control dial to point it in the best direction. In the '50s we had 2 channles (5 and 10). Then a third was added (13?). 9PM news channel was picked by who you wanted to hear spew it at you ("Goodnight David/Goodnight Chet).

27 posted on 05/23/2012 7:59:42 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Lazamataz
So where are the guillotines? ... In a figurative way, what have we the people that can 'lop off their heads', end their reign of lies and mass manipulations? I see no class action suits brought against a network that purposely portrays an Hispanic man as a racist when he shoots an attacker in self defense; there seems to be no response of means to address a network which fakes photographs and manipulates 911 tapes; the media is rewarded with huge advertising contracts for their work to defend and float any lie they see as support for their socialist ideologies.

As you popint out, it is mendacious to be so propaganda oriented. But how do we the people guillotine such bravery of liars?

28 posted on 05/23/2012 8:08:39 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Lazamataz

Remember when you had to switch between UHF and VFH? Heh. I did the exact same thing as a kid, Laz. It really was uncanny how often you could make them finish each others’ sentences.

There is clearly an orchestrated narrative and there are clearly a mass of hypnotized zombies who accept said narrative without question.

Dirty Laundry by Don Henley

I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five
She can tell you ‘bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough love
Eat your dirty laundry

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry

[Chorus]
Kick ‘em when they’re up Kick ‘em when they’re down Kick ‘em when they’re up Kick ‘em when they’re down Kick ‘em when they’re up Kick ‘em when they’re down Kick ‘em when they’re up Kick ‘em all around


29 posted on 05/23/2012 8:09:06 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: CharacterCounts; Lazamataz
In a similar vein, four members of the local Peace and Justice Center and Occupy Bangor showed up to ruin the recent Colby College graduation ceremony by (once again) making asses of themselves because Tony Blair was the guest speaker.

These two fine organizations, consisting of about 15 local moonbats, are routinely given front-page coverage every time they venture outside to dump their special brand of effluvia on normal people.

The fossil who got arrested (attention whore Lawrence Reichard) was actually accorded the honor by the Bangor Daily News of writing a lengthy column to drone on about his obvious moral superiority and gutsiness.

For some reason, I was prohibited from commenting at the site when I pointed out the violent, dark underbelly of the left. Go figure.

(One protester arrested as Tony Blair addresses Colby graduates

30 posted on 05/23/2012 8:10:03 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: MHGinTN

Did you read the article yesterday at Breitbart about using the media’s own rules against them? It was good. It could be a place to start. We can dig up their personal dirty laundry and expose their private lives.


31 posted on 05/23/2012 8:14:12 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: All
The new logo for NBC:


32 posted on 05/23/2012 8:18:29 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz

Our watchdog press is busy humping the leg of the Democrat party.


33 posted on 05/23/2012 8:23:39 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Lazamataz

Thanks Lax


34 posted on 05/23/2012 8:25:40 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Thanks Lax

It's my pleasure to serve you, wildcatter. :)

35 posted on 05/23/2012 8:30:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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36 posted on 05/23/2012 8:39:52 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Lazamataz

Exactly right.


37 posted on 05/23/2012 8:41:01 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Lazamataz

Great analogy of the press to a watch dog sleeping on the job. We are getting robbed blind - of our treasure and freedom - because they are not educated to do their jobs as an important part of the Republic.


38 posted on 05/23/2012 8:44:52 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Lazamataz

^5


39 posted on 05/23/2012 8:49:43 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SaraJohnson; Jemian; Cyber Liberty

Thanks, guys!


40 posted on 05/23/2012 8:57:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz

Sadly, that is the gist of it all. They don’t care that they’ve been found out as propaganda scum for the little barry bastard commie. I think they would do it for free if asked. They are the fourth estate turned fifth column by their own desire to end the Republic as founded.


41 posted on 05/23/2012 9:05:25 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 5Madman2; Lazamataz
8. 10. 13

Only people from Ra Cha Cha will understand the “Secret Code” :)

Yes :) But if you position that rooftop antenna just right, you can pick up Hamilton, Ontario.

42 posted on 05/23/2012 9:06:51 AM PDT by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Leftist goober Don Henley wrote that in the early 1980s.

He was right.

Mendacity has been mainstream (on the left, at least) for longer than that.

Mendacity is the left's stock in trade.

43 posted on 05/23/2012 9:14:21 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Lazamataz

“...which is against the rules featured in Strunk and Whites ‘Elements of Style’ which was one of my favorite books in college and helped me learn how to write so gooder.”

Couldn’t have made it through many years of college/university without “Elements of Style” on my desk.

I’m glad it helped you avoid run on sentences and write “gooder”.


44 posted on 05/23/2012 10:00:41 AM PDT by Marcella (God wouldn't vote for Romney so I won't, either.)
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To: Marcella
I'll tell you one of the reasons why (unless I find that a black fellow or lady is prejudiced against whites FIRST) I am not prejudiced towards our colored cousins:

My college course in Elements of Style was taught by an eclectic, beret wearing black fellow. He was one of the most competent teachers of English composition I have ever had, and he taught one of the most useful courses I ever took.

If I met the man today, I would clap him on the back, shake his hand, and buy him the best dinner I could afford.

45 posted on 05/23/2012 10:21:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Lazamataz

Well done!


46 posted on 05/23/2012 10:23:16 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Thanks. Just trying to get hits for my blog, though.


47 posted on 05/23/2012 10:33:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: BuckeyeTexan; Lazamataz; ArrogantBustard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bBWBG9r2o


48 posted on 05/23/2012 10:36:57 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lazamataz
Just trying to get hits for my blog, though.

I'd hit it.

49 posted on 05/23/2012 10:44:36 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Lazamataz
fI happened to notice that the three national news broadcasts had the exact same segments at the exact same time.

In the same vein Rush has provided examples of network sound bites from the same day where an 'operative' word is used by them all. It made me wonder if they all get together and have a briefing.

The MSM has a Truth Deficit Disorder that excels in selective reporting, double-standards, lies of omission, and how issues our couched. For example:

Nothing has changed. Journalist and magazine editor H.L. Menken (1880-1956) said it best.


50 posted on 05/23/2012 11:31:50 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Never Argue With A LIBERAL...They Will Drag You Down To Their Level, Then Beat You With Experience!)
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