False Equivalency

At his Washington rally, and during his Daily Show interview with Chris Wallace, John Stewart claimed Fox News and MSNBC are guilty of the same kind of biased journalism.

After the Washington rally, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann argued that this is a false equivalency.

Several months ago I wrote a Facebook message to a high school classmate on this topic:

This is how I describe the difference between right-wing and left-wing media:

The liberal media use the actual words of conservatives (sometimes out of context, sometimes not) to ridicule their ideas and philosophy. The right-wing media distorts the words (and beliefs) of liberals, and then ridicules them.

You can watch for yourself, any night of the week, except weekends.

Let’s see who is right — John Stewart or me. Watch O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, etc. and count how many times they distort liberal beliefs and then ridicule them. Do they realize they are doing this? In the language of debate competitions, they “prop up a straw man and knock it down.”

Then watch MSNBC (Schultz, Matthews, Olbermann, Maddow, O’Donnell, etc.). Which side wins the straw man competition? All the Fox News viewers who commented at the end of the linked video should try this little experiment.

Yes, John Stewart — yours is a false equivalency. Your comedy is funny because it discerns both ridiculous truths and ridiculous distortions. You need more discernment on this one.

Democrats and Tax Cuts for the Rich

Memo to: Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore

Re: Tax cut legislation

From: Cut the Crap

Evidently, you are trying to understand why some Democratic members of Congress want to extend tax cuts to earnings over $250,000. (Here is the link:)


When I heard some Democrats were inclined this way, a light went on. Now I can cut the crap.

Your crap — Democrats lack leadership, are idiots, are being bullied, are not defining “small” businesses, and are not using Hollywood celebrities to persuade voters.

Let’s Cut the Crap — This is about who funds the campaigns of politicians’ on both sides of the aisle. No further explanation needed.