Carol Platt Liebau: The Surge is Working

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Surge is Working

The American Thinker's JR Dunn has details here. The question, however, is how best to communicate this information to the American people.

4 Comments:

Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Okay, a lesson for all you who believe that this is true.

If you're going to assert something as fact, you need to link your arguments to a wide range of different sources. More than that, you need to link to sources that are trustworthy.

The link that Carol provides is a right-wing news service. It is biased. That may not necessarily be a problem as even biased news services can be correct.

The problem with the American Thinker article that Carol links to is that there is no reliable form of linkage from that article proving that the surge is working. For example, the article asserts that "Anbar is close to being secured" without giving links to other news services that show this.

Giving links to your own articles is not a reliable form of sourcing information.

Now compare the American Thinker article to this one from the left-wing Think Progress. Again, a biased source, but notice how it has relied upon external news sources for its information.

The difference between the American Thinker article and the one from Think Progress is that American Thinker starts with the notion that the surge is working and then tries to manipulate and create "facts" to support it. Think Progress, on the other hand, uses information from sources and then forms an opinion about it based upon this report.

I suppose that is the difference between the "faith-based community" and the "reality-based community".

As our friend Flom has pointed out, the first thing we have to do is identify the problem. But if we identify things wrongly - if our observation is flawed - then everything we do afterwards will be flawed as well.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Will this be enough for you, Salient?

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

The Surge Is Working.

5:48 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Did you forget your meds today Greg?

6:17 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Nope.

I took 'em ALL!

10:11 AM  

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