We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
mudbug ... We can no longer depend on the mainstream media to present any facts without skewing them. Except for the blessed exception of The Wall Street Journal, and maybe The Christian Science Monitor, we cannot find any newspaper that will respect the facts enough to tell us Who, What, Where, When and Why without opining on the story. Matter of fact, these poor creatures are taught by their journalism professors that every 'collection' of facts needs to be explained and framed by them so that we poor souls who have been so busy earning a living can understand them.
I used to subscribe to the Monitor for its lack of bias and worldwide perspective. They lost me a few years back when they went in for globalistical warmening. It was about the same time they were trying new formats to gain readers. I think they were going for the Time/Newsweek soft left demographic. They stopped writing for their mission and and starting writing for that audience.
I've long since given up on the MSM. They have usually shown themselves to be liars (usually by omission though sometimes outright untruths). Most of them couldn't rub two brain cells together and those that can won't. It's really sad what passes for journalism these days. Every reporter wants to be the next Woodward or Bernstein, but then Woodward doesn't even want to be Woodward. During the swarm of scandals during the Clinton administration, he was asked why he didn't report on any of it. His answer was that he has a phone and would consider any tip someone called in. I guess he didn't want to get his hands dirty.
It doesn't take Berny Goldberg to expose this sort of stuff (but thank God he is). It's just that they are so corrupt that a scandal isn't a scandal if there isn't an 'R' behind someone's name.