7.11.19

JUST THINK OF IT AS WRESTLING.

Dave "Voluntary Xchange" Tufte asks the right question.  "Have you noticed that most of the people saying that politics has gotten more partisan, seem to be media types who might make more money if it was??" Yes, and there's evidently scholarly work, in Public Opinion Quarterly, making my impressions formal.

It's even possible to make the partisan nature of punditry into a virtue, at least if you're novelist John Atcheson.
Social media gets clicks galore and the nation descends into rabid screaming matches as each side squares off in preparation for the now dreaded Thanksgiving Dinner where Uncle Al holds forth on the latest conspiracy theories and threatens civil war if Trump is impeached.

If discourse in the US has descended into the level of the insane, it’s because the media doesn’t treat idiotic red herrings and bald-faced lies as what they are – attempts to distract, deceive, and destroy.  And it’s not just Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Their misinformation campaigns couldn’t withstand a concerted effort to actually inform Americans by the rest of the media.  But that’s not what they do.
That's rich, when he continues by saying good things about the Federal Constitution, an unusual stance to see on Common Dreams.
The Constitution was written on fragile parchment.  It has no power other than the history of respect, reverence and custom supporting the principles written upon it since it was ratified 231 years ago.

The real story in journalism today is that one party has abandoned that respect and reverence.  It is a party that hates government, yet wants to govern.
There's a false claim for you: perhaps it is important for some aspirants to public office to understand that governing better might mean governing less, and not believing in unicorns.  You likely get more clicks and more book sales by coming out more obviously in the Republicans Suck camp.  But that's just another day of writing fiction for Mr Atcheson.  "Now, we seek to operate by revealed truths, not reality. Decrees from on high – often issued by an unholy alliance of religious fundamentalists, self-interested corporations, and greedy fat cats – are offered up as reality by rightwing politicians."  Meanwhile, the Limbaughs and Fox News are trotting out their own denunciations of decrees issued by a different unholy alliance.

And, unlike pro wrestling, it doesn't end with two out of three falls.

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