I am totally with James Fallows on this issue (and we definitely don’t always agree). But it is just wrong for the beltway media to take “ a plague on both your houses” attitude on the news when it comes to discussing passing or not passing legislation. An accurate description of who voted for what and who used the filibuster is far more relevant and intelligent than an attitude that those Democrats and Republicans should play nice with each other.
I don’t want them to play nice with each other. I want the middle class in this country protected and I’m tired of compromise.
How do you tell who your friends and enemies are if the dominant media narrative is the two political parties aren’t worth a damn and you should leave politics alone because it’s a dirty business?
I don’t like the Democrats and I like the Republicans even less but if the media drives most people from political discussion and action than a small minority are going to be the activists and that is counterproductive in a democracy.
- Week In News: Gadhafi’s Death And The U.S. Troop Withdrawal (npr.org)
- James Fallows: “False Equivalence” Reaches Onionesque Heights in the Washington Post (delong.typepad.com)
- Debt Ceiling: As State Of Play In Talks Changes By The Moment, Even Lobbyists Struggle To Keep Up (huffingtonpost.com)
- False Equivalence Watch: Et Tu, PBS? (theatlantic.com)