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Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Ron Fournier doesn't like "the people" giving their opinions.

Calling the people the "Bile Brigade' former AP bureau head Ron Founrier prefers telling you what to think.

The term "Americans" now refer to the little people who Ron wishes would just shut up.  When he wants their opinion, he'll give them one.

John Nolte:

In a piece titled “Charge of the Bile Brigade,” the National Journal’s Ron Fournier, a Platinum Media Cardholder who wields superior sanctimony like a superpower, indicted all “Americans” for “flit[ting] from one controversy to the next with little context or objectivity.”

(Note: “Americans” is FournierSpeak for “Yahoos.”)

Probably because social media can’t greenback and greenroom Ron Fournier to come on television and explain why everything that happens in America is really all about Ron Fournier’s feelings, Ron Fournier singled out social media by name as a big part of the Bile Brigade.

(Note: “social media” is FournierSpeak for “The Little People.”)

Into each story charged the Bile Brigade. Rumors, falsehoods, and rushed judgments poured into the public square, overwhelming discerning Americans who still desire solid reporting and thoughtful opinions. I am part of the problem: As a political columnist and Twitter unkie [sp], I’m not always sure whether I’m adding to or subtracting from the debate.

Are vaccinations harmful? Can I get Ebola? Ask those questions on social media, and you’ll likely get mocked. …

Many people, myself included, thought social media would help people overcome their inhibition and create a more vibrant public discussion. …

Where does this leave us? First, we don’t trust the old media. Second, new media has made it easier for Americans to pull apart, and we’re no more likely to speak up. My hope is that as the new platforms evolve, the public will adapt and technology will be used as it has so many times in the past: To educate and unite the masses. This can’t happen fast enough. We’ve got a lot of stuff to do.

If I’m reading this correctly, Fournier is okay with everyone having a voice … just as long as he approves of that voice.

I must say, though, that Fournier’s desire “[t]o educate and unite the masses” puts a chill right down my freedom-is-messy loving spine.

Will we be uniting the masses before or after morning calisthenics?

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