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GottaLaff on Nicole Sandler: The News Has Been Cancelled - Audio

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If an event happens - say systematic torture - and no news outlet reports it, did it happen?

From the RadioOrNot website:

There is no more news. There’s infotainment and speculation and opinion and lots of made-up shit all masquerading as “news,” but make no mistake, the news has been canceled.

Today’s “news” casts on TV are anything but the objective, fact-based reports on the day’s events they used to be. A Washington Post obituary of “60 Minutes” Creator Don Hewittgets to the reason that the actual news can no longer be found on your television set:

GottaLaff is a regular contributor to the site and has been for several years.

Here's the podcast:

The News Has Been Canceled…and That’s the Way it Is

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Cartoons of the Day- George W Bush Misinformation Center

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

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Via.

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VIDEO ADDED: Bobby Jindal makes waterboarding joke at #CPAC2013

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not funny hahaha no

Here are a few examples of what conservatives think is funny:

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) Cracks Joke About Waterboarding At Senate Hearing:

John McCain jokes about “mercilessly interrogating, waterboarding” John Kerry at confirmation hearing:

Bobby Jindal at CPAC just minutes ago:

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As I've said before, the above lame attempts at wit (or in their cases, half wit) by Republicans inexplicably continue to get laughs... from other Republicans. And each time this occurs, these pathetic clowns get a pass on this particular brand of what passes for humor.

Who writes their material, Dick Cheney?

ADDED-- Here's the video:

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Video- Fox's Hannity Joins Right-Wing Media In Selectively Editing Panetta's Testimony

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Via MM.

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Video- Senator RIchard Burr (R-NC) Cracks Joke About Waterboarding At Senate Hearing

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Via Think Progress.

Prime contender for this week's Asshat Award.

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"We seem to have reached the point where we are discussing the value of torture rather than its morality."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Bin Laden movie heats up CIA torture debate," Dec. 14

With the arrival of "Zero Dark Thirty," a dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, we seem to have reached the point where we are discussing the value of torture rather than its morality.

We have moved from being a country that thrilled to James Cagney resisting Nazi torture to protect the secrets of D-day ("13 Rue Madeleine") to one that seemingly will embrace torture if it works. We were a country that condemned Hitler for the heinous invasion of Poland; just recently, we invaded Iraq on the pretext that we have a unilateral right to preemptive war.

And those who promote these new values claim the mantle of being the real Americans.

Robert Silver

Los Angeles

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Questions: Does anyone dispute the fact the CIA has systematically tortured captives? Is there any reason to believe that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee had no knowledge of it? Hasn't torture long been a crime under both U.S. and international law? Why aren't those who authorized torture and the committee members who failed to stop it being prosecuted? And what's to prevent future cases of torture if today's perpetrators aren't prosecuted?

Jon K. Williams

Goleta, Calif.

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I am deeply troubled that anyone would suggest there's a debate on the efficacy of torture.

In 1941, my father was waterboarded by the Japanese in Shanghai. He confessed that he was a British agent. It wasn't true, but at that moment, he would have signed anything to end his ordeal. Irrespective of whether the information garnered by torture turns out to be true, torture is a crime.

In 1948, the Japanese officer responsible for waterboarding my father was tried and convicted at a war crimes trials in Hong Kong. That same standard should be applied to the Americans who ordered or took part in waterboarding.

Ernest A. Canning

Thousand Oaks

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Video- MSNBC's Scarborough Reprises Disputed Claim That Waterboarding Contributed To The Success Of Bin Laden Raid

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Just a reminder that even on "liberal" MSNBC, the bullshit memes survive. Via MM.

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