penshark (penshark) wrote,

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Random thoughts

1. "I was misquoted/misunderstood/taken out of context" is used as an excuse so often that I admit I usually don't believe it. It too frequently translates this way: "Oh, were you actually listening to my stupid comments?" or "Oh, I didn't know you were going to put THAT in the story." (Extra demerits are given if the speaker is a public figure with plenty of experience in dealing with the media.)

2. I'd really hoped we were long past the "love it or leave it" mentality. It appears not. Just for the record, sometimes groups or even countries are criticized because the critic believes they can and should do better. Listen carefully: Some criticism is simply slamming, but a lot of what's being said lately is an honest attempt to make a situation better.

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