Friday, April 08, 2005

The media

Digby on left vs. right:

"See, the right isn't like us. They think that the so called liberal media is irretrievably biased but believe what they see, read and hear on their own media. We on the left, on the other hand, have no faith in any mainstream media, really, or any alternative media either for that matter. We have developed the habit of culling from various sources and analyzing the information ourselves as best we can. Even then we are very skeptical. Nothing that the media could do would particularly shock or disappoint us. No so with the other side. A fair number of them are actually hurt and bewildered by what they saw in the Schiavo matter."

I thought this was an interesting post. I'm neither going to endorse nor argue with Digby's characterization of left vs. right, but what I can say is that he outlines a position that I share. "Culling and analyzing" is exactly what should be done. Whether (how much the average FoxNews watcher trusts FoxNews) > (how much the average NYT reader trusts the NYT) is nearly impossible to get a handle on; what can and should be argued is that 1) the NYT is a much better, more trustworthy source than FoxNews, and 2) both should still be aggressively read, compared, parsed and corroborated.


At 11:06 AM, Blogger RedHurt said...

I don't like that section you've quoted at all. I absolutely agree that free and critical thinking are essential to understanding our world through the media, and that it's important that we all analyze the information we've been given. But that same thing has been said millions of times before, and I've mostly heard it from the Right during critical tirades against those masses of idiots who believe everything the read on CNN, hear from CBS, etc. Flipping the accusation while making the same point doesn't make it any better of a point this second time around. Neatly categorizing roughly half the population ("The Right") as being "not like us" in some contrived naivety towards conservative media is untenable, manifestly not the case, as deplorable as when it's done to the left, and should be avoided at all costs.


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