As anyone who has been reading this blog will know, I like to talk about stories and pieces that highlight the importance of a media (and an academic world) that has a real concern for truth. And I think that saying things like “truth is a linguistic concept” simply makes it easier to justify untruths.
I’ll admit that not much surprises me when it comes to people’s willingness to promulgate mis- and disinformation. That said, I’ll admit that even I was rather shocked by the following video. It illustrates how, in a pre-internet era, one lying person — even when they were refuted in print by others — could completely destroy the reputation of a good man:
I shared this post with some folks very dear to me — people whose opinions I respect — and told them I was interested in their gut reaction to the post. Here is what one of them, a very big baseball fan, said:
I remember hearing stories about how big of a racist and dirty player he was, and this was before the internet. It just goes to show you the liberal media has always enjoyed a sad story to a happy story. Years ago I had someone tell me I should read a little more about Ty Cobb so I did, it was refreshing to read about him being a stand up human being. Sounds like this reporter did the same thing reporters do nowadays and that is not doing actual journalism. The liberal media tries everyday to destroy decent people’s lives, so it just goes to show you nothing has changed in a 100 years. I honestly believe liberals are more racist than conservatives.
Another simply said: “How true! Lots of anonymous sources today saying all kinds of false things with no credibility, trying to ruin someone’s good name.”
I’m not interested in being naive. I understand that people from across this or that spectrum stretch the truth, exaggerate, lie, and slander. At the same time, I also think that it is true that the views of the world that we have will influence and provide the conscious justifications we make concerning our behavior. This, or course, is something that my last — admittedly rather complicated — post was getting at.