Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"The Shame of the Fourth Estate"


You can add Charles Kaiser's piece to the growing oeuvre on the media's shocking failure to separate news from right-wing propaganda (as E.J. Dionne put it). Needless to say (but we'll say it anyway), progressives have to continue to push back hard at the lazy complicity of the media in the right's Big Lies. The media gets continual pressure/ badgering from the right to be "fair and balanced," whether or not there's any truth to the "story" the right is peddling (debunked but not gone: the ACORN "scandal," health reform "death panels," the Obama birth certificate, etc.). Push back must continue through the mid-term elections, otherwise the narrative will continue to be the one created by the liars.

(Image: Three-fourths of the estate)

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