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Orson Scott Card Rhinoceros Times!

Orson Scott Card Rhinoceros Times

Here is what Orson Scott Card writes today for the Rhinoceros Times. Orson Scott Card delivers a stunning essay for the Rhinoceros Times today called “Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?”

Orscon Scott Card is a bestselling American author and political writer, often known for science fiction. His novel Ender’s Game (1985) and Speaker for the Dead (1986) won big, both Hugo and Nebula Awards. He is the only author to have won the science fiction’s top awards two years, back to back.

Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and today is blasting the “current state of journalism” in a new essay he describes as “an open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America”

Orson says the job of a journalist is to “do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.”


Orson is upset that reporters are trying to call the “housing crisis” as Card refers to it as a republican caused problem.

“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.”

Card is very much right.

LALATE hasn’t skyrocketed to be the top 2,000 most trafficated website in the U.S. in one year by reporting slanted political news.

The public is smart.

LALATE tries to report political news without opinions inserted, without slant, non partisan, so you can decide. Other highly trafficated “news” sites, that get a lot of lip service on TV, often have nothing good to say about one candidate and everything good about another.

That’s not news – that’s Op Ed.

Videos, transcripts – that’s how a reader sees the whole story and decides themselves.

There are core questions, issues, and concerns in this election – from polls, to voter fraud, to the economy. Readers are smart, and at least 10% of them nationally are undecided as of the last election and want to decide who is best for them.

It’s the job of a news site to give you all the chips, not their personal favorite winning hand for their candidate. 

Forget Jennifer Aniston’s false pregnancy reports. When it comes to political reporting this year, Aniston stories compare nothing to the inaccuracy plaguing political news site this year, that themselves are becoming the new tabloids of 2008.

To see the entire great Orson Scott Card article, click here.


  1. Poor Richard

    October 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Sorry, Orson, you’re wrong. Whenever I read someone smart say stupid things and present information in a blatantly one-sided manner I get really disappointed. Have no doubt, Orson is a wordsmith and knows what he’s doing, but he’s lying.

    To say that Bush/Cheney never linked 9/11 and Saddam Hussein is a lie. Did they give a specific sentence that said exactly that? No, they’re smarter than that. But they did everything they could to insinuate, and Orson acts like their words were never written down! We’re not all idiots, Orson.

    And, remarkably enough, not even a mention of the deregulation legislation (added as a last-minute amendment) by Phil Gramm (McCain’s chief economic advisor and likely to be nominated for Treasury Sec’y if McCain is elected), which most economists have pointed to as a major contributing factor to the housing crisis.

    Orson, I love your books. I have more than a dozen downstairs and both my kids have read the Ender series. But you gotta know when NOT to tell stories. This Op-Ed piece is a work of fiction by exclusion. You’ve masterfully excluded any mention of any fault of the Republicans who had unchallanged control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency for 6 straight years! It is a disappointment to see how intellectually dishonest you are with your political opinions.

    Tell me why I should vote Republican when they didn’t do anything about this crisis for 6 years?! If I move into a house and there’s a broken window, 8 years down the road I’m not still blaming the former owners. No, I should’ve fixed that window. Quit whining about how it is all the Dem’s fault when the Reps had control of the government for 6 straight years. 9/11? Clinton’s fault. Katrina? Clinton’s fault. Stock market? Dem’s fault.

    Responsibility is a foreign term to Republicans.

  2. don't call me a liberal

    October 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I’d call Mr. Card a cherry-picker. He picked up just the pieces that fit his view and fleshed it out. But in his defense his is an opinion piece. If you really want to follow the money, look at Mr. Gramm, the “mental recession, nation of whiners” guy just a few months ago. He rigged the game by spearheading the repeal of the Glass-Steagall act and went straight to UBS to cash in. Poor people didn’t invent financial derivatives, or default credit swaps, they didn’t whisper in the ear of the bond ratings agencies, so let’s not blame the CRA (passed 30 years ago) for this problem. And I’d say that our problem is there isn’t enough liberal media bias – who could possibly drown out Limbaugh-Hannity-O’Reilly without the help of a reinstated Fairness Doctrine?

    Loved the Ender series, and the Songmaster. But you are dead wrong on blaming the Democrats on this one. This is the death spasms of supply-side economics we’re going through now, and you can hang that directly on the Republicans.

  3. fred

    October 27, 2008 at 9:40 am

    orson, watch your step. if you step outside liberal othodoxy, and speak the truth, you will be punished. i believe you have written your own ticket to the coming re-education camps. maybe some good writing will come out of your imprisonment. good luck dude. thanks for trying.

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