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LIES & FAKE NEWS: Journalist Bill Lamb WDRB President & General Manager vs Gov. Matt Bevin

In Journalistic Accuracy, Poor Journalistic Ethics on July 15, 2017 at 3:19 am

LIES? Bill Lamb WDRB President Called Out as a Liar by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin tore anew one for News Manipulator Bill Lamb, WDRB President & General Manager. Gov. Bevin concluded that Journalist Bill Lamb is either (a) Not smart enough to understand what Gov. Bevin actually said, or (b) thinks that his news show listeners are not smart enough to realize that Bill Lamb is lying to them. I have adopted (b) as my own opinion.

Ethical Breach Journalist Bill Lamb WDRB/WMYO President & General Manager caught Lying

Gov. Matt Bevin Court journalist Bill Lam from WDRB in a boldfaced lie to his viewers recently.

I have no dog in this fight, in fact I live in Australia and had never heard of Gov. Bevin before today. But, I give this guy kudos. He was both gracious, and direct with the journalists. He gave some benefit of the doubt for their foolishness, but that grace in my view is not deserved. I watched some of the news articles and interviews with Gov. Bevin about his preannounced meetings about the power of prayer, and he made it unambiguously clear what should be expected with his announcement. Furthermore, he accurately predicted that he would be mocked and ridiculed for his ideas, and yet these unethical journalists still couldn’t resist the opportunity to twist the truth, despite a very clear warning that the reporting would likely come under intense scrutiny.

Even if you have no connection to Kentucky or the United States, I strongly urge you to watch this 12 minute video Where Gov. Bevin politely exposes the misdeeds of Journalist Bill Lamb, and others. It is a beautiful example of logic, rhetoric and granmma being used simply, and effectively to combat lies and expose those in a position of public responsibility, i.e. the media, who breach said responsibility because of their inability to set bias aside, and report accurately.

DISAPPOINTED: Liz Klimas Journalist for TheBlaze States Theory as Fact

In Journalistic Accuracy on July 16, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I was disappointed to see her use of “fallacy of presumption”, in what was otherwise an excellent article titled “Pluto’s Close-Up Photo Reveals Something Scientists Say ‘Could Be a Game Changer’” by Liz Klimas, Journalist for TheBlaze.com.

Below is the excerpt that bothers me:

“Scientists said the peaks – seemingly pushed up from Pluto’s subterranean bed of ice – appeared to be a mere 100 million years old. Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old.”

pluto-planetIt may seem trite, but the first sentence seems to be a direct quote from unnamed scientists, as such it is good journalism. However, the second sentence: “Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old” is the one that bugs me; particularly in light of the worldview held by a very large proportion of subscribers to theblaze.com.

My respectful suggestion to Liz Klimas would be to edit the article so that reads free of any closely held by bias, which is presented as fact, something to the following effect:

“According to many mainstream scientists, Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old.”

Please Liz Klimas, as a TheBlaze.com subscriber, don’t present theories to me as fact.

True science is something that can be observed, measured, and repeated. In other words, our knowledge of natural “laws” as rules of causation derives from repeated, uncontradicted observations. The study of the heavens, the study of things buried under the ground and under the sea, and the study of evolutionary theory, is the analysis of snapshots of evidence that can be interpreted in many ways. Conclusions about these matters can only be made with a peppering of bias, whether that be with a bias toward creationism, or atheism, or whatever is in between. There was only one Person who was present when Pluto was formed, and He is the one who is the final authority, and for that matter the only authority, that can be trusted on the age of this planet/rock/ice ball/death Star or whatever it is 🙂