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[–] Andvari 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

Good luck. My impression is that there is no chance of correcting the record. The left wing media isn't interested in hearing a countervailing narrative. Which is a little painful, as I would generally identify myself as left wing.

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[–] Super-Script 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Now imagine how school U.S. history books are written.

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[–] brbpierogies 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Years ago, after reading James Lowen's "Lies My Teacher Told Me" I started looking for old history books on eBay. I came across one from the 50s (either middle school or high school level) where they claimed that many of the slaves actually enjoyed living on plantations and working for free because they were provided room and board. Also that same book made absolutely no mention of the Japanese internment camps of WW2.

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[–] njdss4 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Same here. I sent a polite tweet to their Twitter account, but I know it will go ignored. If I've learned anything, it's that the media doesn't like to be disagreed with and criticized, and their response will be to either block me, ignore me, or ridicule me for having the gall to not buy their bullshit.

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[–] facadearcade 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Right there with ya. I've always thought of myself as a radical, leftist, anti-oligarchy, pro-humanism kind of lefty but these left wingers now days are off the rails. I remember we used to say that the right-wing thrived on the votes/opinions of the uninformed, undecided, and uncaring. We used to say that we needed to woo those voters to the left. We don't say that anymore.

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[–] Andvari 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I feel like I did when I used to rail at the crazy right wing.

Don't you care about truth? About evidence?

Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the president because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?

This is what Stephen Colbert once said about the right wing. It's true of the left now just as much.

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[–] MarcoZ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Meh, it's at least a decent way to let the writers know their research was superficial and slanted. Don't ever expect an apology, but maybe someone will read it.

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[–] anonomale 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

From looking at the Facebook comments, I'm going to just walk past this one. The show isn't going to come out and say they made a mistake by featuring professional victims, especially when it was only a touchpoint for the story. The video already has what seems to be one of the worst like-dislike ratios on their YouTube clips. Coming out en masse is just going to make us look like a mob and either a) give seeming legitimacy to the use of those two people in the video or b) give people an opportunity to say "look how relentless those internet bullies are!"

As always, the only way to get rid of people that are professionally controversial is to ignore them. If this was a twenty minute piece exclusively slamming GG, it'd certainly be different, but this doesn't seem like a hill worth dying on.

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[–] Fuzzyhammers 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yeah, I just unsubbed from the YT channel and the FB page. It's not worth going nuts about.

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[–] jinx_r 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Me too. I noticed him cherrypicking evidence way early on in his show and that was it for me. I agreed with him on some level, but when I noticed him omitting facts and shortening the story to make his point I decided to stop watching.

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[–] reshp1 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Here's the thing. John Oliver is just as biased and one side as any other talking head. He has a story to tell and an angle to sell and he's only going to show you the side that supports his point.

You may not notice because he's hilarious and clever and most importantly, you agree with him most of time. But sooner or later he's going to do a piece that you don't agree with and it's important to remember it's entertainment first and that he has no obligation to be fair or balanced, or even honest.

In fact, it's probably a good thing that it happens because it reminds you to not take the stuff you do agree with as gospel either, and to try and realize there are probably liberties taken with the facts and another side to the story he's not telling you there too.

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[–] outwest 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Why contact John Oliver? I don't get it. He's not a journalist, but a comedian and therefore doesn't have any responsibility toward facts. His only responsibility is to entertain his audience.

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[–] russelln 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Context? What happened in his latest episode?

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[–] Makes_U_Mad 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I don't seeing him changing his tune. Just as some websites and other TV "personalities" have started this same narrative, JO is looking at audience demographics and marketing. Best thing to do is ignore it. I just don't see how jumping on him is going to do anything other than add fuel to the fire.

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[–] rererert 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Both sides are pretty bad when it comes to bias, however both sides only recognize the problems with the opposite side.

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[–] Makes_U_Mad 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's pretty insightful. Could be applied to a lot of aspects of politics.

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[–] SpawnPointGuard 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Don't bother. He took the "liberal" stance as he does 100% of the time. Like most people with a platform, he doesn't care about reality, only what his "side" thinks.

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