I find it quite unbelievable that so many people feel that they can simply â€œdiscreditâ€ an article or a source for pretty much any reason they want. It cracks me up when someone finds a typo, or a minor factual error somewhere on a 500 page web site and uses that as a reason to discredit one of my articles or me personally.
If you were dying and a doctor operated on you to save your life, would you discredit him/her if he/she charted your weight incorrectly by adding a zero or two? Would you now be dead because your weight was written down incorrectly or because your doctor chose to write with a crayon?
These self declared authorities never take the time to correct my errors or ask me to clarify my point. They simply discredit my entire body of work. Some people have even been so stupid as to question my credibility because of the design I chose for my website. Because they feel that the design of my web site is not professional enough for them they take it upon themselves to declare that I am not a credible person. I would like to take a moment to call these illogical people idiots. I have other thoughts about these people but Iâ€™ll leave it at that.
I am not an artist. I am not a graphic designer or a web marketing expert. I still have problems spelling my own name and I have mild dyslexia. My mother still helps me with spelling even the simplest of words. I make other mistakes too. I also have an open disclaimer on my site where I open myself to input from people who can help correct me when I am less that accurate.
That being said I will also say thisâ€¦to date I have yet to find a single individual, organization or institution that has analyzed media deception as accurately as I have. I spot deception that nobody else seems to find and that is a fact. Many of my observations have surprised and impressed many of the established icons of media analysis and I am now a respected player in the world of media watchdogs.
I know this newsletter is more of verbal patting of my own back, but there is an underlying point for everyone here. The use of the â€œdiscreditâ€ argument has to be ended. A valid point, article, opinion, discovery, invention, observation or contribution of any kind must always be evaluated on its own merit. The use of the â€œdiscreditâ€ argument is most often used by people who can not otherwise find fault with something or someone with whom they disagree. It is the old story about shooting the messenger if you can not defeat the message. Well someone has to say this once and for all; if the message is valid the envelope is not relevant and the messengerâ€™s imperfections are not necessarily relevant.
Evaluate the message. If you find fault in that message, correct it and contact the messenger. You will quickly discover how credible the messenger is by the response you get. Simple little formula for evaluating credibility; wouldnâ€™t you say? Think about it!