I read every word of your response, and I think it's unfair of you to accuse me of not reading or listening. Nor did I every say anything so nasty as "you are in denial", so don't put words into my mouth that I didn't say. I expressed surprise that you were so skeptical of testimony from multiple people who are saying that Oliver was horribly over-budget. In your response you said that "they say that according to some document that isn't shown or referenced anywhere except vaguely to the government site says they were way over budget but ABC covered the costs and then they say that the school was saddled with unmanageable expenses. If ABC was covering the costs then the school would not be having that problem."
To me those words seemed to be implying that you think the document referenced is sketchy or possibly even fabricated. The article says that this information was obtained from a document issued directly from the Virgina board of education. You are certainly right that the document is not linked, but my guess is that alternet probably didn't have the permission to publish the document on their website or make it public. Not all internal school board documents and reports are always made available to the public, but sometimes relevant individuals like politicians, academics or members of the media may be given access to them even if the document is not available to the wider public. Of course it is ideal and important for journalists to list all of their sources, but this doesn't always happen in journalism when the documents are not in public domain. The reader has to assume journalistic integrity that the journalist is not fabricating sources or documents. of course if you don't trust the author's integrity or think he is too biased then of course you are free to disbelieve. Even if you think the budget document is entirely fake or untrue, there is still verbal testimony from several sources and school officials stating that Jamie screwed up their budget. So are those people lying too? If you don't believe that any of that is true then of course that is your right. I completely agree that obviously the budgets are pathetic and that many of the nutritional/caloric governmental guidelines are garbage, but the problem is that Jamie came in with organic chicken and tomatoes and tried to act as if any school could feed the kids that on the school budget if they just worked a bit harder. Totally disingenous considering that NBC was actually paying for much of the food.
And yes, I do think we are in very different places politically, since you made a sarcastic remark about the titles of other articles on the website like "U.S. Running A Military Occuption" (umm aren't they?) and "Hate and Violence Are Encoded in the DNA of the American Right". Btw, I'm not an American, so I don't have a bone in any american political discussion, but I do follow American politics very closely (because it's so much more interesting and dramatic than ours, largely because it's so polarized), and yes, I would agree that much (NOT ALL, I know there are plenty of lovely conservatives), but much of the american right is full of bigotry, prejudice, hate and violence, in my opinion. Have you seen vidoes like this: http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/03/sho...ty-california/
?? This is a sentiment that is shared by many (again, NOT ALL), but many Canadians, as well many people in european countries, australia etc who are on the outside looking in at american politics. Of course, no developed country has any right to cast stones, we're all complicit in most of the world's problems, but I don't think it hurts Americans to at least be aware of how most people in other countries view their politics. And now I'm sure I've opened a can of worms, lol..
Anyways, we both disagree and it's just a silly tv show so I don't think I am going to continue debating it. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint and I do respect what you had to say. Have a great night!