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Have you been to /r/AskOldPeople ? If not, when do you plan on becoming a young kid in our eyes?

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Have you had any involvement with the Utah Data center? Any idea what goes on there? There's a ton of conjecture surrounding that place. I know it's primarily a NSA thing but rumors abound among the tin foil hat community that the CIA and FBI are also heavily involved with the inner workings of that place. Any truth to these rumors?

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What you posted reminds me of something McCain said way back in 2008 regarding Obama:

In a widely-circulated video from the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain calls for respect for his then-opponent and eventual victor, President Barack Obama.

A woman came up to McCain at a rally and said, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, he’s not — he’s an Arab.” Her comment prompted McCain to immediately shake his head and take the microphone from her.

No ma’am,” McCain said. “He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.

McCain continued to defend Obama during the event even as his supporters voiced their surprise in the background.

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To properly use any machine a person has to know enough about it to not screw things up. Think of it like just because a person knows how to drive a car and fill it up with gas doesn't necessarily mean they can do a full 900+ point concourse restoration on it. I can change an air and oil filter on my car; even recognize and repair some minor things. That doesn't mean I can rebuild the engine.

Same thing goes for nearly every person and everything on the planet; LEO's and their machines are the same way.

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Many years ago I decided to try my hand as a communications journalism/advertising major. Although I never completed this degree I've been somewhat interested in journalism in one form or another over the years.

IMO journalists/bloggers/writers very very rarely (it does happen, just not all the time) do it to make sure the public is uniformly educated about any subject. They do it to gain/retain readership which of course generates page hits for them. Not all journalists feel the desire to make bank but nearly all of them write for a secondary reason that goes beyond wanting Jane and John Q. Public to be properly informed about any given situation. This is one reason why I left journalism and moved to a different major way back in the day. I couldn't stand what a couple of my professors were telling me. It was also one of the main reasons why my father left the journalism field. Depending on who you ask he either left on his own after getting fed up with the directives from the newspaper owner(s) OR was fired because he published articles that got mud on the owner(s) friends faces.

From several professors the basic "rules" for journalistic writing are:

  1. Never lie. This will get you in trouble. Make sure facts are checked.

  2. Don't ever give any facts that counter your position. This will weaken your position with your readers.

  3. Feel free to state your opinion as a fact. Yes, our professor actually spent 4 weeks out of 16 weeks showing how to do this.

  4. Strategically place adjectives/adverbs that support your position.

  5. As long as the above rules are followed feel free to take things out of context.

When my father started his journalism career in the early 1970's the primary aim was to make sure their audience was informed about all relevant issues that may impact them. Sometime later journalism was being used to change public perception for one special interest or another. Since then it's evolved into what we have today.

So my question is do mainstream journalism schools/professors still teach the above stuff? I'm sure somewhere out there this does happen but do you know how common it is?