I read a rather compelling piece from my favorite repository of truth telling and exposer of the lying media, Glenn Grenwald. An excerpt:
The bottom line from Hansen and Poulsen is that they still refuse to release any further chat excerpts or, more inexcusably, to comment at all on -- to verify or deny -- Lamo's public statements about what Manning said to him that do not appear in those excerpts. They thus continue to conceal from the public 75% of the Manning-Lamo chats. They refuse to say whether Lamo's numerous serious accusations about what Manning told him are actually found anywhere in the chat logs. Nor will they provide the evidence to resolve the glaring inconsistencies in Lamo's many public tales about the critical issues: how he came to speak to Manning, what Lamo did to induce these disclosures, and what Manning said about his relationship to WikiLeaks and his own actions. Every insult Wired spouts about me could be 100% true and none of it changes the core fact: Wired is hiding the key evidence about what took place here, thus allowing Lamo to spout all sorts of serious claims without any check and thus drive much of the reporting about WikiLeaks.
Lying is so mainstream now, it's no wonder that DCFS gives credence to what my 8 year old grandson lies about. There are no consequences to lying. I see it on cartoon shows for children. I see it on the tween shows made by Disney, for children. Of course, I see it on the news, on sitcoms, on dramas, in the movies, in advertising ... everywhere. No fucking consequences for not telling the truth, hence we are raising a generation of children that don't know how to be honest and take responsibility for their own lives.
And the new meme for the nutjobs that run our media is that we baby boomers are now responsible for the deficit because we are turning 65 (not me, but the first of our generation are) this year, and as such, there is sure to be a run on Social Security and Medicare. The voice of reason and sanity doesn't exist, except, in my opinion, on the blogs. Paid and bought for media just does not have any incentive to say anything other than what they have been bought and paid to say. Exposing truth is like not even on the radar, because truth is not a reality for most people. "If I can get away with it" is the rule of the world's thinking, and it will be its demise.
At some point someone has to pay the piper.