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Can you tell the difference between factual and opinion news statements?


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#1 AnBr

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:17 PM

http://www.pewresear...tatements-quiz/
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:24 PM

I got the question about Medicare, social security and Medicaid being the big expenses wrong.

Some time ago I read 80% of Fox News programming is opinion. I’m certain the overwhelming majority of Fox News aficionados think it’s all news.
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we have the military pay to protecting the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes up very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:40 PM

View Postandydp, on 05 December 2018 - 09:24 PM, said:

I got the question about Medicare, social security and Medicaid being the big expenses wrong.

Some time ago I read 80% of Fox News programming is opinion. I’m certain the overwhelming majority of Fox News aficionados think it’s all news.

Me too. This is the difference between the discretionary budget and the mandatory, which is funded separately. The money paid into the payroll taxes is eventually returned to the taxpayer.

Looking at just the discretionary it is the military that eats up around 2/3 to 3/4 if you include all that is because of the defense budget. This includes the VA and the interest on the military's share of on the debt. I would have got 100% if they had clarified that question. In fact, it is a Republican talking point to obfuscate budgetary issues with this slight of hand to justify their desire to go after the entitlements.
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:49 AM

Cannot download the questionnaire in China but is there a factual news agency left?

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:01 AM

View Postandydp, on 05 December 2018 - 09:24 PM, said:

I got the question about Medicare, social security and Medicaid being the big expenses wrong.

Some time ago I read 80% of Fox News programming is opinion. I’m certain the overwhelming majority of Fox News aficionados think it’s all news.
Ditto. Not sure why it threw me, though. Otherwise, I aced the thing.

I’ll have to try this on the kiddos to see how well they can do this.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:13 AM

10/10

Pretty good for guessing on 90% of the questions. ;)
Well, fuck.

How can I be expected to distinguish BS from reality when so much of my reality is utter BS?!

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:33 AM

View PostHockeyDon, on 06 December 2018 - 10:13 AM, said:

10/10

Pretty good for guessing on 90% of the questions. ;)
Same, too easy
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