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May fact-checkers not just endure but prevail

December 8, 2009

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ELLEN GOODMAN’S Dec. 4 op-ed “Facts and figures, myths and mantras,’’ about the devaluation of facts in our brave new world of cable “news,’’ the blogosphere, and assorted group-think associations, was not only accurate but ominous. Reality, science, and expertise are currently attacked if they disagree with the cherished religious or political opinions of various groups or threaten the profits of certain special interests. Thus, global warming, evolution, and even vaccinations that can prevent certain cancers are denounced or held as suspect by those who vehemently refute with little or no facts.

Groups that elevate unfounded beliefs and celebrate ignorance endanger society. Media pundits who perpetrate deceits out of some dubious ideology menace society. History is littered with examples of countries that allowed zealous “know-nothing’’ minorities to force their mythologies on everyone else, resulting in horrific and tragic national disasters.

May the fact-finders and fact-checkers not only endure, but prevail.

Rudy Termini
Cambridge

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