Unlike Olbermann, Maddow plans to interview some conservative guests. But she is determined to avoid the left-right pairings that sustain much of cable news.
“It creates fake balance,” she says. “I’m sorry — we’re going to have a debate about whether or not the Earth is flat? It doesn’t make sense to have a debate about whether offshore drilling is going to bring down gas prices. You know what? It’s not. The fact that it’s false ought to be reported, or you’re advancing a lie.”
The reason our news is so bad is because of this artificial concept of balance, where we have to present both sides, even if one is batshit crazy.
BTW- MSNBC’s coverage of the convention has been absolutely horrid so far. Other than a few moments with folks like Rachel, Pat Buchanan, and Michelle Bernard that have been passable, the rest of it, from the network bigwigs, has been deplorable. Olbermann, Brokaw, Gregory, Mitchell, and Matthews have all been terrible, and the fact that they think it is more important to hear them prattle on and on endlessly about, well, nonsense, rather than listening to the convention speakers should prove one thing- bad coverage is bad coverage, even if it is brought to you by folks on “your side.”