Friday, November 20, 2009

failure of the media

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks nails the shortcomings of the national media in failing to clearly state What Happened. As he says, the national media likes to say that there are two equal and different sides to every story and that People Just Disagree when in fact, on many issues, a clear majority of the evidence suggests one side is right and the other is wrong. The media, however, likes to encourage talking, regardless of how inane or mindless. So they downplay the fact that the truth might be clearly on one side. This is truly demoralizing to those of us who follow the news quite closely and place great value on judgments being made on the basis of evidence, rather than pretending that there are two equally valid claims as to what happened. Uygur and The Young Turks are perceptive-and funny-commenters on the American scene.

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