Originally Posted by ShawnJ
You cannot possibly think your anti-"team" shtick has any
resonance at this point. The "team" analogy was as witless and shallow a criticism of partisan politics then
, the first several hundred times you used it, as it is now
. You're damn right "Go Democrats" when our laws
not our voting preferences
necessarily set up a two-party system. Where one of those parties represents my
interests and my
values, it becomes very important that that party wins a majority of seats in both houses of Congress. Don't like how that game is played? Then start trying to change our voting laws
to allow more than two major parties.
A few points... first.. you owe me $.28.
Perhaps you do not like the anti-"team" shtick but the reality is that yourself and others are holding it up as well. You are making it sound as if Media Matters, an organization that describes itself as "a web-based, not-for-profit, progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." Media Matters for America defines "conservative misinformation" as "news or commentary presented in the media that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda" is somehow to be trusted because it is above the "team" concept with regard to motivations.
I personally don't like it when people kill the messenger and I don't desire to do that to MM. However on the flip side, it is not appropriate for yourself or anyone to excuse their clearly suspect and wrong actions claiming there is lack of intent in them and thus it mitigates what clearly is wrong.
I noted that MM selectively quotes and when viewed in the context of the entire discussion, the true meaning of the people they have accused is clearly conveyed. In addition they do not make available the broader source from which they selectively quote when the internet clearly allows and encourages such behavior. We all understand that when you foot or endnote a paper, you can't turn in all your sources at the same time as that paper. However on the internet, you can link to the sources quite easily. Finally I stated that when selectively quoting they do not indicate breaks and the time that has passed between those breaks, instead making it appear to be a long and comprehensive quote when it is not.
Those problems cannot be dismissed due to "team" concerns. I'm not killing or dismissing MM because they are possibly not on my "team." I'm noting the messenger isn't telling us the whole message or is distorting the message.
Finally, does your team really represent your values? You condemn Neo-cons, but not the Pax Americana Dems who still enable, fund, and support the same philosophy. Your DNC president tossed up civil unions instead of gay marriage. All major candidates for office this year favor civil unions instead of marriage. Hillary accepts PAC money to enable her record fund raising.
Those are your values?