I asked this question
over on LinkedIn yesterday: Do you think there is less/more hesitation (from media/populace) in criticizing this sitting American president (Obama) than the last (Bush)? Why?
I asked it because I am startled by the vehemence (though glad to see it) that is arising out of the town hall meetings on health care. Personally, I think there is much more
public criticism of this president from the populace than there has been of past presidents and I'm wondering why. So I asked. A whole slew of responses are pouring in, some of them quite vehement as well. A theme, though, is emerging about the media. That theme seems to be summed up by the last response that just went up:
"network media = propaganda...lies...all lies..."
That gets me to wondering. If the mainline media is, indeed, full of "propaganda...lies...all lies"
what about other forms of media, like what we imagine to be our own media, here, online?
Are the pundits among us pushing agendas? Do those "agendas" include propaganda and lies? What is propaganda anyway? What is a lie?