Thursday, September 30, 2010

Squib of the Day, September 30, 2010

”More and more men and women are looking up their own facts and forming their own opinion. And equally important, we are learning in these days to discriminate between real news and mere rumor. As a people, we put our tongues in our cheeks when a fact, or a series of facts are distorted, no matter what motive is the cause of that distortion. We as a people, throughout the length and breadth of the country, are less and less inclined to believe those who would create fear or encourage panic. We as a people pay small attention to those gossip mongers who invent tales, generally of course, with a selfish objective behind the tales. You and I as sensible Americans, know of daily instances which mar rather than help our common efforts for calm discussion of current problems."
—President Franklin Roosevelt addressing the Herald Tribune Women's Conference on Current Affairs on September 27, 1934, via Crooks and Liars. Imagine if FDR had to take on Tea Baggers, Sarah Palin and Fox News. The only thing they have is fear itself.
Listen to FDR's brief remarks to the conference below.


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