Reason #5: Media generated false equivalence

This tattoo indicates inequality (and also massive infection)

This tattoo indicates inequality (and also massive infection)

The Republicans have intimidated the media, both reporters and pundits, into accusing both parties equally of negative traits. The media does this as a defense against a perception of bias. Instead it distorts their coverage.

The problem is that the actors usually aren’t actually equal. For example both parties lie in their campaign commercials and stump speeches, but the Republicans lie much more and much more broadly. Both parties engage in negative attacks, but the Republicans do it much more frequently and viciously. I call this the rhetoric of false equivalence. Others call it the “symmetry of sin.” Click here for a good recent article about this.

As a result of this dynamic any moral credit the Democrats should get for being positive and truthful is minimized or eliminated, while the Republicans are free to engage in broad distortions and feral attack ads with relative impunity.

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