Facts awash in a sea of free speech
Establishing fact over opinion is key. And this is very difficult it seems. So then it becomes like playing “Army” as kids – you use toy guns and shout pop pop or bang bang. The game always goes sour when a kid refuses to fall over and die – yelling that you missed him. You have no way to prove him wrong except to yell back, Did not. To which he yells, Did so. This leads to you refusing to die when getting shot, and then the game falls apart.
Keith Olbermann or Bill O'Reilly being able to have a news program in which either can say whatever he wants is equivalent to the above game of “Army” and does not a free society make. We can have the ability to say what we want and still be losing our true freedoms. Because at the point when everyone yells, all at the same time, and everything that anyone disagrees with is labeled as conspiracy theory, freedom of speech has lost it's power and importance.
If you have a container half full of pure, clean drinking water and this water allows people to be free and to live without tyranny, the best way for a government to gain more control without obviously cracking down is to open the flood gates, dumping a never ending supply of polluted water into the container – any purity is diluted.
It is this kind – Hannity, Olbermann, O'Reilly, and the news media in general – of speech saturation that makes for the broken game we now play.