Letter to the Editor: Cherry-picking
BY Curtis Payne, Tulsa
Thursday, September 27, 2012
9/27/12 at 3:04 AM
Once again a cherry-picked line of propaganda comes up in a letter. Gary R. Zarley's letter ("Unbelievable," Sept. 8) took an old propaganda email about former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that left the impression that she asserted something she really never said.
I wonder if Zarley is ignorant to the fact that the last six words were deleted from Pelosi's sentence. As presented for propaganda, it asserted, "We have to pass it so we can see what is in it." For those interested in the truth and not propaganda, the rest of Pelosi's sentence reads, ... "away from the fog of controversy."
Clearly she was referring to all the controversy that at the time filled the air; all the propaganda about what was and what wasn't in the bill. She was saying, let's step back and see what is going to actually be in the bill and then discuss that in an intelligent reasonable manner, and that way not waste time having to deal with phantoms produced for propaganda purposes.
It was a good point to make, but unfortunately one too easy to cherry-pick and distort by Republicans interested in character assassination, not truth.
During this campaign season for president, I would like to caution everyone that the passing on of inaccurate information, whether intentional or accidental, doesn't matter. The person responsible has an obligation to know something is accurate before repeating it.
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