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Honor? What’s that?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Science-Fiction writer—and Democrat—Orson Scott Card has apparently had enough of the media's coverage of the credit crisis and the election campaign.
If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its discredited former CEO, McCain who had voted against tightening its lending practices.

Then you will print them, even though every one of those true stories will point the finger of blame at the reckless Democratic Party, which put our nation's prosperity at risk so they could feel good about helping the poor, and lay a fair share of the blame at Obama's door.

You will also tell the truth about John McCain: that he tried, as a Senator, to do what it took to prevent this crisis. You will tell the truth about President Bush: that his administration tried more than once to get Congress to regulate lending in a responsible way.

This was a Congress-caused crisis, beginning during the Clinton administration, with Democrats leading the way into the crisis and blocking every effort to get out of it in a timely fashion.

If you at our local daily newspaper continue to let Americans believe — and vote as if — President Bush and the Republicans caused the crisis, then you are joining in that lie.

If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats — including Barack Obama — and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans — then you are not journalists by any standard.

You're just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it's time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a news paper in our city.
I think the press has done an execrable job covering news for the past several years. And, if ratings are to be believed, a lot of other people do, too.
All 3 evening news shows experienced audience drops year-to-year for the week of Oct. 13-19, 2008.

CBSNEWS w/ Couric shed a half a million viewers, falling from 6.4 million to 5.9 million; ABCNEWS dropped from 8.1 million to 7.6 million; NBCNEWS slumped from 8.2 million to 7.8 million.
No surprises there.
 
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Looks like I need to buy all of his books again.

Card for President.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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And I have been told Card is a registered Democrat!
 
Written By: SShiell
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A call for integrity trumps partisanship.

That’s rare in some circles these days. Nice to see.
 
Written By: Ron Good
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Card is one of those who’s a democrat due to principles, not kneejerk reactions. His positions are well thought out. I disagree with a bunch of them, but he’s the kind of Dem you would like to sit down and talk to over drinks...

Not that he’d drink with you... What with him being Mormon and all. :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Ender Rocks!
 
Written By: John
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You’re right Dale, he really is a fiction writer. His article tells a funny story. One completely divorced from reality. I enjoyed it.

And to top off his economic credentials, he a theatre degree from BYU. He even has a Masters in English from the University of Utah. (Didn’t Sarah Palin spend a semester there? And I think Bachman lectured there for a term. So practical. Thank god he’s sharing his wisdom with the rest of us.

But he knows the party line. Good for him! Fantasy on, Dale. Fantasy on.

 
Written By: mkultra
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I thought the clown above this comment was banned? If his commentary doesn’t count as offensive to intelligence and reason, what does?
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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One completely divorced from reality
I dunno. His refusal to accept facts as reality is kinda funny...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Card supports Gun Control....but since MK Ultra now opposes him, that means that MK Ultra is now for gun rights? CONFUSING.
 
Written By: Harun
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Card’s piece is clear and succinct. Admirable.

It’s a shame that a film version of Ender’s Game keeps falling through. Given the capabilities of today’s CGI, I’m sure Hollywood could do a magnificent job. I can’t help but wonder if Ender’s Game is too militaristic for today’s Hollywood, and that’s the real problem.
 
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The result [of Ender’s Game] is a character who exterminates an entire race and yet remains fundamentally innocent. The purpose of this paper is to examine the methods Card uses to construct this story of a guiltless genocide, to point out some contradictions inherent in this scenario, and to raise questions about the intention-based morality advocated by Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead. Creating the Innocent Killer: Ender’s Game, Intention, and Morality
Following a link from wiki, I found the above essay. It’s well-written and not without merit, yet it rests on the great masterpiece of moral equivalence, Alice Miller’s For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, which explains evil as a result of childhood abuse, and psychologizes attempts to resist evil as resulting from the same abuse.

The above essay, written the year after the beginning of the Iraq War, is no doubt an excellent hint why there is no movie version of Ender’s Game.
 
Written By: huxley
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OTOH...
Question
ENDER’S GAME obviously has commercial appeal. Why didn’t you ever take the easy way out and just sell the film rights?

Orson Scott Card:
I’ve always had interest from Hollywood in ENDER’S GAME, and they’ve always wanted to turn Ender into a sixteen-year-old. And I said, "Look, there’s no way this sixteen-year-old is going to be fooled. Even if they were telling him the TRUTH, he wouldn’t believe them. And when they’re lying to him, of course he won’t believe them. Especially if he’s bright. You have to have a certain innocence, the naiveté of a certain age in order to be gullible enough to be victimized in this way."

They didn’t get it. They wanted to cast the next Brad Pitt, so he could have alove interest. They wanted to remake "The Last Starfighter."

I refused to deal with people until they agreed that Ender would be played as under age twelve. Again, it’s these same rules: "But we want the teen audience." And I would say, "Which would you rather have, the sales of ’The Last Starfighter,’ which had the teen audience, or the sales of a movie like ’E.T.’?" And they go, "But ’E.T.’ was a special movie." And I’d say, "Good, make a special movie out of Ender’s Game. That’s fine with me."
 
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You’re right Dale, he really is a fiction writer.
So are you, but he makes a lot of money from his writing, which makes you a rather pathetic loser.


 
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Brilliant refutation of Card’s points, mkultra. You’re a regular Thomas Aquinas/
 
Written By: Bilwick
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One completely divorced from reality.
Don’t talk about Obama that way MK.
 
Written By: looker
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You tell ’em Ender!

I mean, Orson!
 
Written By: TallDave
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The US media aka "obama’s b*tches"
 
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