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A differing view on Sound Off

Published: March 17, 2014 4:00 AM

A recent letter to the Record-Courier decries Sound Off as untruths and ignorance. The same day a Sound Off item compared Sound Off with Jerry Springer.

The problem is trying to decipher the ignorance from the smart, untruths from the truths. Whether we like the items or dislike them, it is what some people are thinking.

The letter writer states that the newspaper had the audacity to print some of this stuff. In some countries, the only newspaper allowed to be printed is by the government. At the same time, in other countries, including the United States, if you don't do it anonymously, you can end up up being ridiculed, blackballed or even dead.

Each day, more and more of our freedoms are being attacked. To some degree we still have freedom of speech.

If you eliminate all of these issues from whatever you are going to read or watch, good luck finding anything to read.

I don't like some of the Sound Off items, but I don't have to read them if I don't want to and I will continue to buy the newspaper.

C.S. Porter, Brimfield

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trawl Mar 18, 2014 11:53 AM

from below: "~~not followed at all by nbc,cbs,cnn,msnbc, pbs, nyt..."

Conspicuously absent being Faux "News", that "source" that worked hard at earning the well deserved moniker "BS Mountain".

BS has told their Flock that BS is the only source of "truth" and the Flock being the Flock the Flock believes BS.

To C.S. Porter,

Yes, it's up to us to discern fact from what we're being told to believe.

And yes, the comments sections of media allows us to glimpse what is in peoples minds. Many times what people believe is disturbed and unsettling.

An unsettling thing in the letter you reference is the belief that the RC (media) "prints" comments as though media plays a greater role in comments sections than simply hosting the venue(s) for comments to be made.

What's unsettling is the writer of the letter you reference claims to have written for the newspaper which actually places them inside the media. Much of the technology we use is transparent to us but to place oneself inside that technology then display they don't display how that technology operates is an outstanding display of ignorance, or, intellectual dishonesty, or, or and, someone trying to sell a perception of something  they know untrue to the rubes.

Freedom of speech exists and so does the freedom to speak of the conclusions we reach from listening to that speech.

Long as the owner of the website allows the contributed comment to stand. And what can one say? It's their web site.


redleg6 Mar 17, 2014 7:51 PM

Little_r.....you forgot to mention the last 5 years of lies and deceit of the Obama administration.

The administration lies everyday through Bagdad Bob; White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Where are the responsible free speech police

little_r_republican Mar 17, 2014 5:04 PM

Unfortunately the objective or facts only premise is not followed at all by nbc,cbs,cnn,msnbc, pbs, nyt...they all spew whatever lies they want as fact and call it journalism. Add media matters a george soros propaganda machine that he pours in $34 million per year to destroy the value of the dollar so he will make $billions with his hedge fund.

mod_irate Mar 17, 2014 3:43 PM

Yes, I agree that we should not censor people in Sound Off. However, Freedom of Speech extends only to responsible speech. Spouting untruths as fact, defaming or libeling a person, inciting violence, or words which hurt or endanger people are not responsible; these have been determined to be illegal in some cases. Shouting fire falsely in a crouded room is not responsible free speech. Therefore, please use your freedom to sound off responsibly.