There Is No Audio Broadcast With This Editorial.
It’s Kind of Disappointing to me, when I think my Editorial (Message) is as Clear as Glass, not the Frosted Kind, but Rather the Crystal Clear Kind – AND SOME PEOPLE JUST DON’T GET IT!
But Then Again . . . Most People Seem To Really Get It.
Yesterday’s Editorial was all about RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM. It wasn’t about a Person’s RIGHT to Freedom of Expression . . . IT WAS ABOUT A PERSON’S RIGHT TO CONVEY THE “TRUTH” AS PART OF THEIR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
The Quebec (Canada) Defamation Court Case, which was Awarded to the Moslem Plaintiff (Young Female Activist), wasn’t About whether she Supported Moslem Terrorists or Terrorist Groups, or whether she Hated Israel & Jews, and Promoted Jewish & Israeli Hatred, or Covertly tried to Undermine Western Style Democracy in favor of Sharia Law . . . But Rather, Whether the Defendant Could Prove Those Allegations, Many Of Which He Made On His BLOG.
One of the Readers of Galganov.com, who has been Reading and Responding to Me for Many Years, who also from time to time Supports this BLOG Financially, Entered A Comment Yesterday, which Apologized for Disagreeing with me by Stating . . . .
To Paraphrase . . . Bloggers should have Every Right to Make any Statement They Wish, and it is the Person who Feels Offended to Prove Otherwise.
I Rarely Exchange Opinions Via Email when I Disagree or Agree with a Comment, but, because of this Long Term Relationship He & I have had over the Years, it Bothered me enough to Fire-Off an Email Response.
Essentially – I wrote . . . Freedom of Expression gives us the Opportunity to State the FULLY UNBLEMISHED TRUTH, but Freedom of Expression does Not Give any of us the RIGHT TO LIE, ASSUME AND/OR STATE OPINIONS AS FACTS.
I Went Further . . . And gave this Example in my Email: Imagine a Little League Coach, of Terrific Repute, Tremendous Ethics & Morality – and Compassion . . . who is a TACTILE Person.
A Tactile Person Is Someone Who Is A Toucher . . . Not In A Sensual Way, but a Person who likes to make Physical Contact, who likes to Kiss Hello or Goodbye on the Cheeks, or Hugs when Greeting . . . I’m Not That Kind Of Person – But I know many who are, which doesn’t make them Sexual Deviants.
So Imagine This . . . The Aforementioned Tactile Coach – who is Beyond REPROACH, is seen by a Person who writes a BLOG, who doesn’t Know the Coach from a Hole-In-The-Wall, sees the Coach with an Arm on one of the Coach’s Players, and Immediately Assumes that the Coach is a Pedophile, and uses His or Her BLOG to Expose this Coach as a Sexual Juvenile Predator.
How Would That Be The Proper Use Of Freedom Of Expression?
After reading my Email, the Commentator Emailed Back with an Apology, asking me to remove his Comment, which I did.
Some People have written that BLOGGERS Need More Latitude, because they’re not Financed by BIG MONEY as are the Mainstream Media, and don’t have the Wherewithal to Hire a Staff of Researchers, Editors & Fact Checkers, which Actually is WHY Bloggers like me should be Super Careful . . . To Be Trusted All The Time.
IT DOESN’T JUST SEEM TO ME, but it is Indeed the Case, that Writers and other Media Types (Radio & Television), which include Journalists & Pundits (Opinion Writers), who work for Mainstream Media with Large Research Staffs, Editors & Fact Checkers . . . GET IT WRONG ALL TOO OFTEN.
It’s Not The Tools At The Media’s Disposal . . . It’s How The Media Use The Tools.
For the Media, Including BLOGGERS . . . Getting It Right Some Of The Time – Or Mostly Right Much Of The Time – IS NOT ACCEPTABLE ANY OF THE TIME.
If Bloggers are the “Pamphleteers” Of The 21st Century, much like Throughout History, Waging an Information War against Tyranny, which I Believe They (We) Are . . . That’s An Onerous Responsibility.
And because Bloggers are Most Probably the Last Guardians Against the “Barbarians At The Gate”, Bloggers can all be Rest Assured, that the Mainstream Media & Especially the LEFT, will be Gunning For Bloggers In Every Which Way They Can.
So Why Give Them A Target By Being As Sloppy & As Corrupt As Them?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov