Open Thread: Our Failed Big-Media Establishment, Part 2,487

There are good reporters, doing real reporting even as we speak. But the suits who control the megaphones — and the airwaves — have decided that it pays better to strap on their monogrammed kneepads and pretend it’s all another reality show…

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Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels

I wanted to revisit that awful Liz Spayd column that led me to cancel my New York Times subscription. We all make fun of “both sides do it”, but most BSDI types believe that both sides are in fact doing it, and that’s why they should keep saying “both sides do it” over and over again. That’s quite different from believing that you should say “both sides do it” over and over again on general principle. Liz Spayd is saying that both candidates should be criticized equally regardless of what the facts are. For example, she writes:

CNN’s Brian Stelter focused his show, “Reliable Sources,” on this subject last weekend. He asked a guest, Jacob Weisberg of Slate magazine, to frame the idea of false balance. Weisberg used an analogy, saying journalists are accustomed to covering candidates who may be apples and oranges, but at least are still both fruits. In Trump, he said, we have not fruit but rancid meat. That sounds like a partisan’s explanation passed off as a factual judgment.

In the absence of any facts (she mentions hardly any in the piece), how can she say that it’s a partisan’s explanation rather than a factual judgment? There is factual reason to believe that Trump is a puppet of Vladimir Putin. If Mitt Romney is an apple and Obama is an orange, then, yes, rancid meat is the right comparison for a puppet of Vladimir Putin.

And let’s take a step back here and notice that Jacob Weisberg, one of the most mealy-mouthed, centrist, establishment pseudojournalists out there has now become an angry unserious uncivil hippie in the eyes of the New York Times? How the fuck did this happen?

There was a lot of discussion about the difference between derp and denial a while ago (see this, for example). The idea here is that derp is “yes, the earth may be getting warmer we can’t be sure of the causes, and we shouldn’t slow down our economy, and what about that fourteen year pause derp derp”. It’s Bjorn Lomborg, Breakthrough Institute, David Brooks type stuff. Denial is “global warming isn’t happening”. It’s Jim Inhofe stuff.

Spayd’s piece is denial, it doesn’t rise to the level of derp. She argues that false balance is not a problem and by definition cannot be a problem. Just “shine light in all directions”, that’s what journalists do! It doesn’t rise to the level of “yes, perhaps Trump’s issues are unusually bad and Hillary’s mostly minor but in the interests of letting our readers know as much as possible derp derp derp”.

It’s the rhetorical equivalent of bringing a snowball to the Senate floor to prove climate change is a hoax.

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Just a Gentle Reminder that Mike Pence is a Fucking Bigot Himself

If I see one more story like this I am going to blow a gasket:

On Monday evening, Pence refused to use the term during an interview with CNN host Wolf Blizer.

“There are some supporters of Donald Trump and Mike Pence who ― David Duke, for example, some other white nationalists ― who would fit into that category of deplorables. Right?” Blitzer asked.

“Donald Trump has denounced David Duke repeatedly. We don’t want his support and we don’t want the support of people who think like him,” Pence said.

When Blitzer pushed Pence on if he’d call Duke, who is running for the Senate in Louisiana, a “deplorable,” Pence answered, “No I’m not in the name calling business…” He added, “What Hillary Clinton did Friday night was shocking. I mean, the millions of people who support Donald Trump around this country are not a basket of anything.”

Beyond the fact that Mike Pence will engage in all sorts of name-calling if it involves calling Democrats a name, Mike Pence if god damned bigot, so why would we give a shit if he calls a Klansman deplorable. Remember, we’re talking about this fucking guy:


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. But many opponents of the bill, which included business leaders, argued that it could open the door to widespread discrimination. Business owners who don’t want to serve same-sex couples, for example, could now have legal protections to discriminate.

“Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith,” Pence said in a statement Thursday. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

Mike Pence is a bigot. Yes, arguably, Trump might be worse. But let’s go full Godwin, because fuck it:

Der "Fhrer" und der "Duce" stellen sich dem FotografenAufnahmedatum: 1938Aufnahmeort: RomSystematik: Geschichte / Deutschland / 20. Jh. / NS-Zeit / Auáenpolitik / Reisen ins Ausland / Italien / Hitler

Der “Fhrer” und der “Duce” stellen sich dem Fotografen
Aufnahmedatum: 1938
Aufnahmeort: Rom
Geschichte / Deutschland / 20. Jh. / NS-Zeit / Auáenpolitik / Reisen ins Ausland / Italien / Hitler

Just because the guy on the right is worse doesn’t mean the guy on the left is any fucking better. So why won’t Trump or Pence call Duke deplorable? It’s like the old joke- “Why don’t sharks attack lawyers?”

“Professional courtesy.”

The end.

It’s Time For a Campaign to Dump the NY Times

Like DougJ and, apparently, Paul Krugman, I have been horrified by the NY Times this election. So much so that I finally cancelled:

And Paul Krugman asks a good question. Why?:


At any rate, let’s make this happen. They won’t respond to criticism from media experts, maybe market forces will send them a message. And if it were not for the three hours in the evening, I’m this god damned close to pulling the plug on MSNBC.

Goodbye is too good a word

I just cancelled my online NYT subscription. The public editor’s piece on “The Truth About ‘False Balance’” was the last straw. I can take sneering, and I can take ignorance, but I can’t take ignorant sneering:

The problem with false balance doctrine is that it masquerades as rational thinking. What the critics really want is for journalists to apply their own moral and ideological judgments to the candidates.

Josh Marshall correctly describes the situation at the Times as a crisis.

The Morning In Three Photos


And the press is all breathless over Hillary’s untrustworthiness. That seems to ‘trump’ her health, even they can’t bring themselves to believe she has health issues. But they had to do something with that dramatic video. (I’m sure there are some who are making issue of health…but it’s pretty weak tea)

Meanwhile, Trump, as usual gets a free pass, but not from the Hillary campaign:


IMHO the most important issue for the present is Climate Change…but then that’s been my concern (and focus) for the last twenty years. It sure as hell isn’t a new issue. I have no idea if the photo below is accurate, but I’ve talked to many “deniers” who make me believe it.


I have a crazy, busy day ahead on very little sleep. But it’s my own fault. I got caught up watching Brooklyn last night and lost track of time. When it was over, had a list of things I needed to complete before sleep. But it was a great little movie and I don’t regret it…at least not now, check back with me around 3pm MDT.

What’s on your agenda today besides trying not to despair over the state of the intelligence of our great country?

Trump is a Goddamned moron, and has no honor.

But you already knew that.
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