When you are an expert in something you have to work to maintain credibility. That means that when you make a judgment call and give information to somebody that is relying on your expertise to address their problems. Above all an expert needs to be completely honest, show how they came to their answers and admit when they make a mistake.
When I was young, I was a bit of a amateur Sovietologist. This was in the day that we were tirelessly told but the apologists of the Soviet Union that all our concerns about the Soviet Union were wrong. Were told the Soviet Union was morally superior to the Imperialist US in every way and that any conflict between Soviet interests were the fault of the US. In the meantime, if you looked closely, the Soviet Union was a massive clusterf**k waiting to implode. The biggest concern that many of us had was that the gullible here in the US and Europe would convince the USSR that it could take the rest of the world down with it when the end came.
Recently I ran into this story which said that Facebook should pull a video because somebody had altered a video to make Nancy Pelosi sound drunk and thus the video was fake news. The media was rather upset that Facebook would not pull the video forthwith. I first saw the story in the guardian here:
My mother watches MSNBC heavily and believes that the President is colluding with the Russians because supposedly Donald Trumps wants a building in Moscow. But what has gotten in the noise is just how much collusion was ongoing between Clinton associates and the very Russians that the various announcers on MSNBC warn us are so dangerous.
A lot, apparently. Enough that Ms. Maddow and the MSNBC writers who night after night spun a tale that was supposed to end the Trump Presidency kept after it with new salacious accusations, hints and insinuations nigh after night all the while keeping just one side of making any comment that actually required evidence. This is typical:
We are supposed to be amazed that Donald Trump puffs himself up. I have to ask myself, lady, where have you been for the last forty years or so? This would hardly be news to anybody living in the New York area. But there it is, now Trump being Trump is lying and potential criminality.
Amanda over at Mad Genius Cub Ran into another of those things that legal genius’s are putting into contracts for employment or creative work. In this case it is a morality clause. Well at leas that is what the legal genius’s are calling it. What it amounts to is yet another method of the people at the top of heap to avoid having to deal with “controversy.”
For the last few weeks a ‘caravan’ of people has been marching up to the US from the country of Honduras. The Mainstream media would have us believe that the people in the caravan are refugees from a war torn country fleeing oppression and poverty. The problem with that is that the facts don’t add up.