Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

“I’m not a news source”: Texas official defends his Facebook fake news posts

Responding to a Texas Tribune report, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller defended posting fake news on his Facebook page — which has more than 340,000 likes and almost 330,000 followers — during a call-in interview with Austin radio station KUT News.

“I’m not a news organization,” Miller — who landed in hot water last spring after calling Hillary Clinton the c-word in a tweet — told journalist and radio host Nathan Bernier on Wednesday. “Y’all are holding me to the same standards as you would a news organization, and it’s just Facebook.”

“A lot of the things I post on Facebook are satire and comedy and I’m not a news source,” he continued. “We do try — when someone points out that something we put up is not accurate or it’s false, I take it down, but I think everyone just needs to realize that Facebook is not always a reliable source if you want factual news.”

Bernier argued that because Miller is “an elected statewide official … it’s fair to hold you to account if you post false things on Facebook as if they are true.”

“It’s like Fox News,” Miller responded. “I report, you decide if it’s true or not.”

Asked if he regrets posting a doctored photo of President Obama holding up a Che Guevara shirt during a visit to Cuba, Miller asked, “Why would I regret that? That was funny.”

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