In fact, that’s one of the biggest problems we’ve got in how folks report about Washington right now, because I think journalists rightly value the appearance of impartiality and objectivity. And so the default position for reporting is to say, “A plague on both their houses.” On almost every issue, it’s, “Well, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree”—as opposed to looking at why is it that they can’t agree.
We get the expected response from establishment media types:
False equivalency is a thing, sure. But so is false “false equivalency.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 27, 2013
+ infinity RT @jaketapper False equivalency is a thing, sure. But so is false “false equivalency.”
— The Fix (@TheFix) January 27, 2013
One of the main reasons that I no longer read any establishment political commentary (with the sometime exception of Ron Brownstein and NBC’s “First Read”) is that I know they’ll just say both-sides-do-it over and over again. What’s the point in listening to that?