Frank Fear: Many of us neither have the time nor the inclination to do that. We’re too busy, too involved in other things to make sure. So what’s passed on to us by others often passes as true—whether or not it is.
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Edward Wasserman: The idea that whistle-blowers don’t really have to go public to expose government stupidity is a recurring element in the criticisms leveled at Jeffrey Sterling and other well-placed leakers.
Janet Phelan: With a mere click of a spam button, any internet troll–or paid employees of the CIA, for example–can reduce the dissemination of inconvenient truths, along with, of course, obvious scams and hoaxes.
Larry Wines: Now that all the multi-million-dollar-a-spot Super Bowl ™ ads have been released early, is there any reason to watch the deflated balls on the field?
John Hanrahan: There is only one thing wrong with the prosecution’s narrative about the dire consequences caused by James Risen’s book and Sterling’s alleged leaks — it is almost completely evidence-free.
Kevin Uhrich: The reporter who broke America’s original domestic spying scandal and activists who raided an FBI office to obtain the proof teach ‘Lessons in Courage and Resistance’ at All Saints, Caltech, LMU, GCC and Occidental.
Murray Polner: It’s become a kind of auxiliary religion and cultural landmark for far too many. 108 million people are said to have watched it on TV in 2014, compared to a measly 40 million audience for the Oscars.
Edward Wasserman: Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with multiple ironies and a retreat to old solutions.
Herbert Dyer, Jr: It is just the most open purveyor of the “black men-as-thugs” meme and mantra.
Marcy Wheeler: “A criminal case is not a place where the CIA gets its reputation back,” suggesting the CIA only pursued this case because James Risen made them look bad.
Marcy Wheeler: We’ll see whether Sterling’s lawyers want to engage in a game of chicken in order to present the lengths to which the government pursued Risen, in addition to their client, in this case.
Edward Wasserman: The more the producers advanced hypotheticals about the truthfulness, hidden motives, competency, or credibility of a source—the what-if’s that Koenig presented routinely—the more they put people at risk of unwarranted disparagement.
Steve Hochstadt: Everyone complains about the uncivil state of our national political conversation, the tendency to assume that political opponents are stupid at best and, more likely, evil. And everyone waits for the other guy to shape up.