Preston Watts

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I feel as a american my way of life is dependent on an informed public. I am almost 60 years old and have seen some amazing changes in my lifetime. Most of them good, the two glaring exceptions are education and news reporting. I was a school board member for a number of years and found the very best teachers in our schools were quitting not because of pay issues but incompetence around them. I have been at events that were covered by the media and the misinformation that was put forth as fact could not be explained by someone seeing from another viewpoint.

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Preston reviewed this story - Aug 1, 2011
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2.6
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Preston reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2011
Preston's Rating
2.3

Although the storyline tries to blame the conservative agenda for these judicial excesses it doesn't provide any evidence to support that assumption.

One of the most basic tenants of the conservative agenda is the dangers of an activist judiciary. What Pilkington points out is what conservatives see as the natural result of that activism. While the progressive or liberal philosophy, in these cases, is not being advanced it is clear without the progressive view of the role the judiciary it would not be possible. When anyone can interpret a law in any way that is not consistent with it's original intent this is what happens. It ... More »

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Preston reviewed this story - Jul 3, 2011
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2.0
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Preston reviewed this story - Jul 3, 2011
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2.6
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Preston reviewed this story - Jul 3, 2011
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2.0
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Preston reviewed this story - Jul 3, 2011
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2.0
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Preston reviewed this story - Jul 3, 2011
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2.4
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Preston reviewed this story - May 25, 2011
  • Too Big to Jail

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3.7
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Preston reviewed this story - May 25, 2011
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2.2
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Preston reviewed this story - May 17, 2011
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3.6
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Preston reviewed this story - Apr 20, 2011
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2.0
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Preston reviewed this story - Mar 30, 2011
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2.0
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Preston reviewed this story - Mar 22, 2011
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3.2
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Preston reviewed this story - Dec 3, 2010
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2.4
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Preston reviewed this story - Nov 23, 2010
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3.8
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Preston reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2010
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2.6

No too many assumptions. Jumps around trying to prove something he doesn't have the facts to support.

It seems curious he seems to agree a balanced approach is the most favored by the populace and that polls and opinion surveys are a good way to prove that. However gauging where the main points of focus should be in such a program , with a poll, somehow constitutes making a choice of either / or.

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Preston reviewed this story - Nov 3, 2010
Preston's Rating
2.2

The central question of what an attack ad is and how it differs is not answered. It would not be an issue if the degree to which ideology plays in determining what constitutes an attack and what is contrasting policy stances.

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Preston reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2010
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3.6

A little more detail in sourcing would have been an improvement but overall pretty informative.

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Preston reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2010
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3.2

This is relatively good journalistic effort however I fell in using polling data and forecasts to this extent would require some mention of the role that these prognostications can play in the late stages of a campaign.

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Preston reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2010
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2.4

I may have an unrealistic view of what I expect journalism to be. For instance expressing unions and corporation have been able to avoid transparency as a fact and then reporting who gave what to whom is kind of a leap.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 20, 2010
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2.4

Its just a press release pretending to be news

"global financial regulation"? There can be no regulation with out authority and contrary to conventional wisdom there is no global authority.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 20, 2010
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3.6
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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 19, 2010
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3.8
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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2010
Preston's Rating
2.1

An anonymous source (no by-line) grades responses to a questionnaire on a subject that 90% of the respondents don't feel an effective case has been made. Assuming the correctness of their opinion places them well beyond the bounds of journalism.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2010
Preston's Rating
2.6

I read the whole thing twice and still don't understand exactly what point it intended to "shed some light on". In my case the lack of focus and continuity canceled out any "facts" he may have brought to the discourse.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2010
Preston's Rating
2.1

To make it journalism it would have to make the connection between opposing the bill and accepting the responsibility to represent your constituents interests after its passed. Its like saying a cop that is against abortion is hypocritical if he protects a abortion provider from a violent attack by right to life radicals. It may be possible to make that connection but it was not made here.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2010
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2.0

Although it reports the numbers it doesn't make it clear where they got them. Could have been form his campaign finance report or The LV Journal or both. That ambiguity coupled with its brevity makes it more gossip than journalism.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 17, 2010
Preston's Rating
2.3

An original thought would improve the chances of social engineering types being heard. I hear a lot of complaints from the left about the heartlessness of the right and how their going to drag us all down. If the left would spend half as much time trying to find an economic engine that would provide for the welfare of "the people" as they do bitching and moaning they might just come up with something. When the ship goes down it won't be the "Tea party" or "pinko commies" that sink ... More »

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2010
Preston's Rating
2.9

The assumption that the "right" and it's and their media are more to blame than the "left and their media I find somewhat problematic.

Security trading has been a dirty business since the 15 or 16 hundreds. The potential for great profit and loss is only surpassed by the potential for fraud and theft. One of the reasons the NYSE was able to grow as large as it did was it limited the number of traders and in so doing lessened the exposure to fraud. When one trader exploited an advantage it usually was detrimental to others in this "small" group and tended to be dealt with. With the advent of public trading that ... More »

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Preston posted and reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
Preston's Rating
3.3

The Mexican government demands we change our laws so I guess we have no choice. The only way to truly solve the problem is to either raise the living standards for workers in Mexico or lower them for US workers. The US and Mexican governments seem to agree raising the standard of living in Mexico is out of the question leaving only the timetable of the standards regression in the US.

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Preston posted and reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
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3.8

Suggesting the news media "do the decent and the rational thing" ? Good luck with that.

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
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2.2

Clearly want's to ignore the distinction multicultural countries, including Canada, have historically made between religious rights that affect the citizenry as a whole and those that don't.

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Preston posted and reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
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2.2

Seems to be jubilantly oblivious of her own bias.

I have some trouble grasping the idea anyone could be as literate as this and yet so naive. She does seem to grasp the idea elevating one groups beliefs or station above another's through slander or ridicule is socially unacceptable. What I don't get is why she doesn't feel it applies to her. The terms degenerate fag, and ignorant homophobia are used for the same purpose by different factions. Both have let their moral code decimate their intellect and their humanity and nothing they ... More »

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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
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3.8
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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 6, 2010
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3.8
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Preston reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2010
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3.8
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