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Oops - And a Shout-Out to Our Friends at OpEdNews

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A few weeks ago, I posted a piece, Come On Baby, Fight My Liar Redux, that begins this way:

In 2010, back when "alternative truth" and "fake news" were known by their proper name -- lies -- I wrote a blog post for OpEd News that got me in trouble with ... the left. I called it "Come On Baby, Fight My Liar" and I compared the lies conservatives tell each other, with those liberals tell themselves. It was back in the days when there actually was such a thing as a fact-checker that both sides at least tacitly paid attention to.

Then, a few paragraphs later in the piece, I wrote:

I concluded that right wing folks like being lied to, but the left prefers lying to itself.

That didn't sit well, and I got "fired" from my nonpaying position as a writer for a progressive magazine.

This morning, I got a concerned e-mail from the OpEdNews editor-in-chief, Rob Kall, who assumed I was suggesting it was OpEdNews that "fired" me ... and wondering how this misunderstanding occurred.

I assured him the publication -- still to remain unnamed because we have since reconciled -- was NOT OpEdNews ... and when I looked at the two paragraphs, I could certainly see how someone might make that mistake.

In fact, one of the things I most appreciate and respect about Rob Kall and OpEdNews is that unlike many progressive news sites, they don't shy away from inconvenient truths or slather them over with convenient lies. Ever since I met Rob at a biofeedback conference on the West Coast probably 15 years ago, we have been friends and I have been a supporter of OpEdNews. It's one of the two sites other than my own blog site where I post.

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Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and uncommontator who's been posing as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda for the past 20 years. He is the author of seven books including Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From (more...)

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