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False Equivalence

A Moon for Misrule

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

I once heard a man wonder aloud, "How often does Halloween fall on Friday the 13th? That would be really spooky!" Indeed. He might be the dyslexic genius behind Paul Ryan's budget numbers.

Writing a Neutral Story About Something So Heartless As the Food Stamp Vote Is Not Good Journalism

Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

The important thing about this vote to anyone paying any attention at all was the subtext -- what it really meant. But the coverage was stenographic and context-deficient.

New Torture Report Blames Obama and the Media for Not Confronting the Truth

Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

It's not just Bush and Cheney who violated international law; now it's Obama, too. The report is blistering about the cover-up. The end result is a society in moral disarray.

Blaming the Tea Party-Controlled GOP for Sequestration Isn't Partisan, It's Factual

Mitchell Bard | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in Congress are willing to take the pocketbooks of the American people hostage, all to try and ransom spending and entitlement cuts that would, in the opinion of many economists, cause further economic damage to all but the wealthiest Americans.

For Romney and the GOP, Lying Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

There is a demonstrable disposition among base voters on the Republican side, including large numbers of authoritarian-minded folks who see the world as a fight between good and evil, in which fact and truth only matter insofar as they reaffirm these folks' view of reality.

The Bob & Chez Show 4/06/12

Bob Cesca | Posted 06.06.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

This week's show highlights: Keith Olbermann fired from Current TV; behind the scenes TV psychology; Howard Stern at Sirius vs Keith Olbermann at Current; President Obama and false equivalences; who will be Mitt Romney's VP?

Jason Linkins

'Game Change' Has Convinced Richard Cohen That Democrats Will Soon Succumb To Palinism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.13.2012 | Media

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen evidently felt compelled to write something about the movie "Game Change" because that was the big shiny thing...

The "Gridlock" Story: Why Media Balance Is Broken

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

In order for the mainstream media to claim that their version of balance reflects the moderate middle, they're forced to ignore the actual moderate middle.

Oil Spill: 5 New Rules and Regulations for Talking About BP Disaster

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Automatically blaming Halliburton every time you hear of a preventable fatal tragedy due to cutting corners and saving money or a rape cover-up is not paranoia or a knee-jerk reaction. It is a statistical probability.

Jason Linkins

Washington Post Calls For End To Political Mayhem, But Gets Tripped Up Striving For 'Balance'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post editors have a well-meaning editorial up today, condemning the recent acts of vandalism and violence, but their striving for "on-the-one-hand/on-the-other-hand" balance gets a little strained.

Are Contrarians Helping or Hurting the Food Movement? Pork Op-Ed in NYT a Shill for Big Ag

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

It seems that the New York Times, in its desperation to sell papers, fell into the trap of story building over truth-finding.

More Shameful "False Equivalence" By The Traditional Media To Annoy You

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Nickolas

Case-in-point is today's Boston Herald story by Dave Wedge on the custom-made armor-laden presidential limo that is being assembled to protect America's first black president.

Palin, Satire & False Equivalence via the 2004 Presidential Election

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros

The fate of our country is in the hands of Tina Fey Yesterday I was faced with the choice of whether or not to post to TreeHugger a clip from Gina ...