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February 25, 2014
Joseph Graves's letter ( "Gun control doesn't work," Feb. 21) is very correct. While your editing staff does earn back a little of my respect for publishing Mr. Graves' letter, The Baltimore Sun has a long way to go before they earn back the public's respect on the issue of gun control. What I fail to understand is why this paper can't see that their are two sides to this issue. Propaganda is propaganda. You're part of the solution, or part of the problem. Can't you see that blindly falling in line with any propaganda's message hurts your paper's credibility?
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NEWS
February 25, 2014
Joseph Graves's letter ( "Gun control doesn't work," Feb. 21) is very correct. While your editing staff does earn back a little of my respect for publishing Mr. Graves' letter, The Baltimore Sun has a long way to go before they earn back the public's respect on the issue of gun control. What I fail to understand is why this paper can't see that their are two sides to this issue. Propaganda is propaganda. You're part of the solution, or part of the problem. Can't you see that blindly falling in line with any propaganda's message hurts your paper's credibility?
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NEWS
August 13, 2012
I was initially elated that a letter writer had remembered the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ("The atomic age turns 67,"Aug. 9). But elation turned to disappointment as the author went on to recite the myth, perpetrated by Harry Truman and Gen. Leslie Groves, that "100 million Japanese were prepared to fight to the death to defend their homeland," and that "most historians believe that President Harry Truman made the correct decision to use these weapons.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
I just finished reading Gregory Kline's commentary, "The folly of marijuana legalization" (Dec. 13), and what a hoot it is! Was it written in this century? It sounded like one of those propaganda pieces from the 1930s. Unfortunately for these knuckle-dragging Republicans, all they have to use as arguments are the nonsense excuses the government dreamed up nearly a century ago. But the Republican trolls should get used to it. They are a dying breed, and their lies don't work any more.
EXPLORE
December 12, 2011
I find it unconscionable that our esteemed members of the "fourth estate" employed by Patuxent Publishing have been relatively biased in their reporting on the siting of the proposed CSX intermodal site in Maryland. Not once have your reporters done any obvious investigative work to confirm what residents suspect: that CSX has been less than transparent in its disclosures to the general public. Whenever anyone asks CSX (and the Maryland Department of Transportation to a lesser degree)
NEWS
November 22, 1994
"Operation Southside," the weekend's massive raid against drugs and violence, was the seventh sweep the police department has conducted since Thomas C. Frazier became Baltimore's top cop nearly a year ago.It would be naive to suggest that these kinds of raids -- which were sorely lacking under Commissioner Edward Woods -- will run drug lords out of the city altogether. More accurate is to describe these periodic sweeps as armed propaganda: The police department is taking a stand and telling addicts and traffickers that the days of unhindered open-air drug markets are over.
NEWS
By LOWELL SCHWARTZ | December 18, 2005
Throughout America's history, the nation's citizens have been uncomfortable with the idea of government rather than a free press reporting on the news, both in the United States and abroad. Critics have labeled U.S. government attempts to bring news to people in other nations as "propaganda" intended to sway popular opinion, sometimes using false information. Supporters prefer to call such efforts "information campaigns" intended to educate the public with facts. Government efforts to report on its actions are particularly controversial during wartime as the president in power always seeks to maintain public support at home and abroad despite inevitable casualties and setbacks.
NEWS
By Jonathan Schell | November 16, 1993
ONE exchange, at least, in the debate between Ross Perot and Vice President Al Gore on the North American Free Trade Agreement should have brought a smile to the lips of the television audience. It came shortly after Mr. Gore seemed to accuse Mr. Perot of being in a position to profit personally from a defeat of the agreement. Mr. Perot snapped, "Now, do you guys ever do anything but propaganda?" To which the vice president replied, "Isn't that your business, also?"The notion that Ross Perot, who has spent tens of millions of dollars of his own money advertising his opinions on public issues, would accuse someone of engaging in propaganda was certainly laughable.
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By Ellen Goodman | February 3, 2005
BOSTON - I have to confess that I am nowhere nearly as tolerant as I thought I was. Midway through the episode of Postcards From Buster that is at the center of the latest culture skirmish, the animated bunny is handed a plate of Vermont's finest maple syrup on snow. With a pickle on the side. Pickles and maple syrup? I don't think so. Nevertheless, it is not the culinary preferences in this show that freaked out the U.S. Department of Education. It's the sexual preferences. Postcards is the PBS kids program produced by Boston's WGBH with a clear mandate to "help children understand and respect differences and learn to live in a multicultural society."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it's official: MSNBC is worse. The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government -- and tries to mask what it is up to. I didn't plan on getting all free-press-and-democracy amped up about the hirings until I saw Axelrod with Andrea Mitchell last week in his first appearance on MSNBC.
NEWS
November 30, 2013
If I have a 20-dollar bill in my pocket, I can buy drugs or donate it to charity. How is Bitcoin any different? ( "Bitcoin and international crime," Nov. 26.) Oh, wait. I know. The people who daily debase your currency (the Federal Reserve) send out this propaganda. If you move to Bitcoin with its fixed supply, their $85 billion monthly printing fiat currency collapses. Tom McCoy, Georgetown, Del. - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
Regarding the recent editorial on guns ("Resigned to guns," Sept. 25), I'd like to suggest the conscription on Vinnie DeMarco to organize a national movement to effectively pass national gun control legislation. He has already brilliantly done it here in Maryland. He'll need to start by debunking the NRA's fallacious propaganda about the Second Amendment conferring absolute gun ownership rights. Go Vinnie! Ajax Eastman, Baltimore
NEWS
May 15, 2013
A museum of journalism in Washington, D.C., the Newseum plans to honor and include in the institution's Journalists' Memorial Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama. Both worked for Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV. Also, Basel Tawfiq Youssef of Syrian State TV and Maya Naser, from Iran's Press TV are set to be honored. They did not fall as reporters attempting to maintain the free flow of news. The honorees died as foot soldiers for regimes that use propaganda to sustain their repression and abuse of a free society and a free press.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it's official: MSNBC is worse. The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government -- and tries to mask what it is up to. I didn't plan on getting all free-press-and-democracy amped up about the hirings until I saw Axelrod with Andrea Mitchell last week in his first appearance on MSNBC.
NEWS
August 13, 2012
I was initially elated that a letter writer had remembered the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ("The atomic age turns 67,"Aug. 9). But elation turned to disappointment as the author went on to recite the myth, perpetrated by Harry Truman and Gen. Leslie Groves, that "100 million Japanese were prepared to fight to the death to defend their homeland," and that "most historians believe that President Harry Truman made the correct decision to use these weapons.
NEWS
By Rachel Marsden | May 24, 2012
Did you hear about the new bill that would allow the U.S. government's official overseas information agency to rebroadcast its content onto American TV and radio? The bipartisan Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 was introduced in Congress last week by Reps. Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican, and Adam Smith, a Washington Democrat, both of whom are presumably dissatisfied with their satellite TV package and think more government-produced content would go down better with an after-work beer.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | February 15, 1991
WashingtonMEETING WITH Tom King, the British defense minister, here the other day President Bush complained that Saddam Hussein was making "a conscientious effort on his part to raise the propaganda value of accusing us of indiscriminate bombing of civilians, and it's simply not true." Saddam is operating, Bush said, "this one-sided propaganda machine cranking out a lot of ++ myths and falsehoods."What was being overlooked, the president argued, is "a lot of the brutality that's so evident and so purposeful on his part -- the treatment of the prisoners, the Scud missile attacks [that]
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 27, 2007
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities rejected yesterday as an overblown propaganda ploy the announcement this week that one of its citizens was arrested last year in Georgia while allegedly trying to sell a small amount of weapons-grade uranium. Russian national Oleg Khintsagov was arrested Feb. 1 last year in a sting operation after he smuggled about 3.5 ounces of the uranium into Georgia from his homeland, expecting to receive $1 million for it, Shota Utiashvili, chief of the analytical department of the Georgian Interior Ministry, said yesterday in an interview from Tbilisi, the country's capital.
EXPLORE
December 12, 2011
I find it unconscionable that our esteemed members of the "fourth estate" employed by Patuxent Publishing have been relatively biased in their reporting on the siting of the proposed CSX intermodal site in Maryland. Not once have your reporters done any obvious investigative work to confirm what residents suspect: that CSX has been less than transparent in its disclosures to the general public. Whenever anyone asks CSX (and the Maryland Department of Transportation to a lesser degree)
NEWS
September 30, 2010
In yesterday's mail I received a second piece of political propaganda in less than a week from Americans for Prosperity on behalf of Andy Harris, smearing Rep. Frank Kratovil and accusing him of "voting to spend nearly $2 million to study ants. " I think it is criminal and destructive to our democracy that groups outside of our district and our state are spending so much money, attempting to influence our state and local elections. This kind of thing is not in the best interest of the citizens of the 1st District.
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