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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 03:39 PM Sep 2019

The next false-equivalence epidemic

James Fallows
National correspondent at The Atlantic

... The problem with Trump is that he is not like anyone else who has ever held the office. He lies with abandon; he uses public office for private gain on a scale never before witnessed; and he seems to have no respect for, or even interest in, the institutions of self-government to which all of his predecessors have at least paid lip service.

Thus any of the “normal” procedural rules, applied to such an abnormal figure, can lead to destructive results. To be “fair” in covering him is to be unfair—to the truth, to history, to the readers, to any concept of journalistic purpose ...

... Journalism is hard; criticizing journalism is easy. In this business we’re all doing our best, and we all make mistakes in real time. But the very difficulty of these calls is why it’s worth noting a similar, as-if-we’d-learned-nothing-from-2016 case of false equivalence, which is unfolding before our eyes. This is “the Ukraine problem.”

Specifically, this is the idea that whatever Donald Trump may be guilty of, involving that country, is journalistically and historically comparable to whatever Joe Biden’s son Hunter may have done there. Already leading media outlets have begun lumping these stories together. “Scrutiny over Trump’s Ukraine scandal may also complicate Biden’s campaign” was the headline on a big story in The Washington Post on Saturday. The day before that, a New York Times investigative reporter, Ken Vogel, went on MSNBC to argue that Ukraine complications were “a significant liability for Joe Biden.” Guests on talk shows have, reflexively, wanted to “balance” what they are saying about Trump-and-Ukraine, with observations about what Ukraine might mean for the Biden campaign ...


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The next false-equivalence epidemic (Original Post) struggle4progress Sep 2019 OP
Fallows describes Trump as someone who wants to be a dictator and yet... Thomas Hurt Sep 2019 #1
He wants all the rewards yet thinks he can do it by tweet in lunatica Sep 2019 #5
yep, it's that fucking idiotic "balanced" bothsiderism Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2019 #2
This is on the money G_j Sep 2019 #3
It's "but her emails" all over again. Yavin4 Sep 2019 #4
K&R... spanone Sep 2019 #6
This message was self-deleted by its author elocs Sep 2019 #7

Thomas Hurt

(13,903 posts)
1. Fallows describes Trump as someone who wants to be a dictator and yet...
Sun Sep 22, 2019, 03:43 PM
Sep 2019

doesn't seem to have the balls to say it outright.


(53,410 posts)
5. He wants all the rewards yet thinks he can do it by tweet in
Sun Sep 22, 2019, 04:43 PM
Sep 2019

a bite size, poor impulse control strategy. Including instant rage gratification for whatever irritates him at the moment.

He’s attracted to himself a few people who can create some plan, though he shows no respect or thoughtful consideration when he overrides their strategy with his puffed up sense of superiority or his ever important rage.


(33,675 posts)
2. yep, it's that fucking idiotic "balanced" bothsiderism
Sun Sep 22, 2019, 03:48 PM
Sep 2019

There is no "balance" achieved by giving defensive spin equal ink or air time with facts.


(40,372 posts)
3. This is on the money
Sun Sep 22, 2019, 03:52 PM
Sep 2019

watching they way the media handles Trump is, for the most part, pure crazy making..


(35,469 posts)
4. It's "but her emails" all over again.
Sun Sep 22, 2019, 03:55 PM
Sep 2019

Trump's very real crimes, not just scandals, crimes are compared to any whiff of a scandal of his opponents.

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