Rachel Maddow demonstrates what journalists are supposed to be doing. What they once did as a matter of course but sadly do no longer.
In today’s festering cesspool of false equivalency, it doesn’t matter what the story is, it is packaged and sold as some sort of jousting match. Leaving aside the blithering bias of morons like Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh, who make no effort at pretending to present facts, even supposedly fair and balanced (to coin a phrase) news outlets piss on the legacy of Walter Cronkite et al by presenting even the most egregious horseshit as legitimate analysis (I’m looking at you, Wolf Blitzer).
If some yammering, ignorant imbecile says, for example, that passing health care reform will result in the government deciding that Grannie must die, the bloviating fucktards at CNN will bring on two opposing mouths. Wolf (or some other talentless hack) will introduce them and say something like, “Some people are saying that this legislation will deny senior citizens access to life saving health care. How do you respond to that?”
Sputtering lipflap #1 will insist this is exactly what will happen and that it’s part of a broad left wing conspiracy to kill anyone they deem a burden to their socialist utopia.
Sputtering lipflap #2 will counter that there’s nothing in the legislation that does anything of the sort; that this is a right wing lie designed to gin up fear among the uninformed and that insurance companies are already denying care to Grannie in order to increase profits.
The fact of the matter is that sputtering lipflap #2 is telling the truth, but the bullshit promoted by lipflap #1 gains a certain aura of legitimacy by virtue of the issue being laid out BY THE NEWS MEDIA as a proper question for debate – as if there’s a controversy about which the people need to hear all the evidence…both sides of the coin.
The problem is broader than the fact that there are people telling untruths and sucking up airtime to do so. It begins with incompetent morons like Wolf Blitzer introducing the “debate” with, “Some people are saying…”
Proper journalists are supposed to – proper journalists USED to – expend some effort checking facts.
And when someone attempted to invent another facet of an issue based on outright falsehood, it did not fall to their political or philosophical opponent to provide a counterpoint. Real journalists – the people who considered it their solemn duty to question authority, inform the populace, and expose corruption – would never retreat to, “Some people are saying…” REAL journalists would introduce the topic by pointing out that some people are lying and explain why as they presented the facts.
And this is why Rachel Maddow may be the best – perhaps the only – real journalist left in America.
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