At a family reunion in Kentucky last weekend some one made a comment that I watch too much Fox News, recently I shared an article with a democrat who was surprised that I read the New York Times, and who can forget when a commenter accused my post on the Shad in California coming from Glenn Beck, or Bill O'Riely (though I do LOVE Glenn Beck)
This is HILARIOUS- I don't watch Fox News, I lean towards MSN, Headline and of course CNN.com. I don't like Sean Hannity, he's repetitive and redundant, I listen to NPR. What magazines come into my house? The Economist and Businessweek. Is it possible that some one as staunchly conservative as myself could possibly form original conservative ideas while being engulfed in liberal mainstream media?
It's true, when I heard a woman on NPR continually refer the pro-life movement the 'anti-choice' movement I almost slammed my fist into the radio. Reading one sided articles with an obvious slant and agenda is frustrating but in turn- if we always surround ourselves with people that think like us, talk like us and share our own opinions- how are we ever to grow?
You'll never know when those that you think disagree with you, agree with you ie from this week's Economist:
THE reaction to Jesse Helms’s death on July 4th is a reminder of how bipolar American politics has become. The right praised him as a man of principle who also overflowed with the milk of human kindness. The left retorted—rightly, in our view—that he was also a bigot and a bully. But at least conservatives and liberals have discovered one thing they can agree on: that Barack Obama is a cynical opportunist, a flip-flopper and a shape-changer, a man who brushes aside his principles with the same nonchalance that lesser mortals reserve for their dandruff.
Read the rest of the article here.
But, it is the Economist, and naturally any criticism of Obama will be laced with grace and compliments- because according to them, it's the lesser of the two evils.
Then there is an interesting article in The New York Times
For me, Mr. Obama showed signs of jumping the shark two weeks back, when he appeared at a podium affixed with his own pompous faux-presidential seal. It could have been a Pixar sight gag. In fact, it is a gag in “Wall-E,” where, in a flashback, we see that the original do-nothing chief executive of Buy N Large (prone to pronouncements like “stay the course”) boasted his own ersatz presidential podium.
The article ends with some McCain bashing- leaving to reader to think that Obama may have jumped the shark- but McCain can't use a computer.
My point is- sometimes the left and the right will agree, but we'll never know until we hear both sides. In this time we can't trust one source for news, we can't trust one side of politics to give us our opinions. We should all be willing to listen to those that disagree with us, not just so we can become more solid in what we believe, but we may find that what we believe *gasp* is wrong.
But watch out for that- changing your mind when presented new information is a sure way to get labeled a 'flip flopper'