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How the media distorts the news

Ok, so of course George Soros, Noam Chomsky and Vladimir Lenin think the US news media is controlled by "right-wing corporations".

The bias in the media is subtle, but it's there. I know it, you know it - but you just can't quite put your finger on it?

Here's an example.

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- The day before Tuesday's US Senate vote backing embryonic stem-cell research...

Bloomberg (a liberal rag run for the benefit of so-called "right-wing corporations") makes it sound as if George Bush is single-handed stopping stem-cell research.

This of course is not true. The bill would have spent federal government dollars on stem-cell research, which sometimes involves getting stem cells from aborted fetuses. This is controversial among some of the President's backers (ya think?) and so he vetoed the bill.

What Bloomberg does not bother to mention is that any private company can acquire fetuses and do whatever they want to with them - including harvest them for new stem-cell lines. All this can be done without increasing government largesse or increasing government intervention over and control of science.

Government is the one entity that should never ever be involved in scientific research (for anything other than weapons). If government funds something, it becomes politicized. Whether it happens becomes an issue for politicians to debate and vote against - depriving everyone of the potential benefits.

When private organizations do science, they do it in the hopes of eventually making a profit on it. They will do this by helping people, curing disease and preventing it. It doesn't matter if it is controversial, it doesn't matter if some people are opposed to its use. Without the power of the government, those people are free to act on their own conscience and not use such products or treatments - and have no power to stop the rest of us from benefitting from them.

George Bush, by refusing to use Federal money to fund stem cell research, is not only playing to the conservative base - he is ensuring that by keeping stem-cell research non-politicized, it will get done.

Liberal advocacy organizations will of course spend millions of dollars on lobbying and TV ads, saying how terrible Republicans are - when what they ought to be doing, if they feel so strongly about it, is put those resources directly into stem-cell research.

(Of course, liberals don't care about it, they prefer to demonize Republicans. They have to demonize Republicans, or nobody would listen to them at all).

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