Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul
Posted on May 20, 2010
Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:03:25 GMT
Comment: Hello everyone. We'll begin in a moment.
3:07 zjas5 via twitter
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:07:03 GMT
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:07:47 GMT
Comment: Mitchell S. of Daegu, South Korea, asks: "Do you think government must play an active role in shaping the minds of the citizenry?"
3:08 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:08:21 GMT
Comment: That’s what democracy is all about. I don’t think the government should shape the minds of the citizens; the role of government is make the educational resources available so people can get the material that’s required to inform themselves. I don’t believe in this public supremacy, public relations; I don’t like propaganda of any kind.
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:08:49 GMT
Comment: sheikhmo in Los Angeles, Calif., asks: "What will you do to stop the wars in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and the funding of private contractors? Thank you."
3:09 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:09:29 GMT
Comment: Having a kind word to say for any politician that raises the right questions. This is why I wrote a column on Rand Paul -- because he challenges. I am tired of Cold War liberals now reinvented as terrorized liberals that justify military when they are betraying our interests. Indeed, libertarians have been more consistent in opposition to these wars than many liberals.
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:10:24 GMT
Comment: John Phillips of Grand Junction, Colo., asks: "What would you think of a website for the public to hold journalists to some standards? For instance, virtually all journalists talk about domestic oil without clarifying that all that is really being discussed is the domestic production of oil.
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't oil sold on the world market so no matter where
it is being produced the proceeds from the sale of oil are divided among the
contributing nations or companies.
It just seems that as politicians and corporations get more media savvy it would
help to have a place to go to decode what is being said. Then the public can put
pressure on the networks to accurately decribe what is being discussed without
just parroting what they have read off a press release."
3:11 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:11:12 GMT
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:12:31 GMT
3:15 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:15:10 GMT
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