Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Katrina vanden Heuvel: False equivalence in the media -- giving equal weight to unsupported or even discredited claims for the sake of appearing impartial -- is not unusual. But a major media organization taking meaningful steps to do something about it is. Earlier this month, the BBC's governing body issued a report assessing the BBC's impartiality in covering scientific topics. When it comes to an issue like climate change, the report concluded, not all viewpoints share the same amount of scientific substance. Giving equal time and weight to a wide range of arguments without regard to their credibility risks creating a "false balance" in the public debate.

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This is a lesson for all media on both sides of the Atlantic -- and not just when it comes to science coverage. There are many sides to almost every story, but that doesn't mean they are automatically equal.

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There is no balance.

There is fascist imperialism, and the fascist media actively covering it up.

That is all.

#1 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-16 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Apparently Reality is too much hard work or much too painful for some.

Watchers of Networks that carry shows like the Fair and Balanced Fox News Infotainment Show are provided an excellent Reality Bubble within which they can shield themselves from reality and still hang on to their myths, prejudices, outmoded belief systems and superstitions.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-16 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nowhere is this a more important problem than in the field of economics.

#3 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-16 09:16 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The main stream media is great, ignore and don't report anything that is counter to the liberal liberal agenda.

It makes all other small wedges look like the real thing.

#4 | Posted by moneywar at 2014-07-16 09:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

There are no real liberals in power nor fascist media.

Not one.

#5 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-16 10:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you look at how much money the networks make during elections, even when there aren't elections. Political advertising is a huge business. It isn't in the best interests of networks to report the news accurately, it's in their interest to keep the contest going perpetually. We can all thank the SC for ruining the political process, I believe they did it intentionally but anyone can also guess as to their motives. Motives aside though, they created the mess and they could fix this mess.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-16 10:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

I believe they did it intentionally but anyone can also guess as to their motives.

Your beliefs are likely belied by what the Court wrote but your lack of specificity precludes analysis. And, yes, anyone can guess, something you don't do well.

...they [the Supreme Court] created the mess and they could fix this mess.

How incredibly stupid. Most, if not all, of your complaints are statutory. That means it's up to Congress to "fix." See "congressional override." See also separation of powers.

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2014-07-17 12:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nowhere is this a more important problem than in the field of economics.

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The whole thing is a confidence scam.

All of it.

#8 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-17 01:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yup there is a time you got to end the debate about if the Earth is flat
and except the evidence that it is not.
that is what is happening with the debate about Climate change.
The debate should be over what must be talked about is what to do about it.
those at this point who do not believe in climate change are flat Erthers

#9 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-07-17 02:39 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I live in Kansas. The earth IS flat.

#10 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-17 02:59 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 3

How dare you all inject economics and politics into this thread! Don't you know it exists to add credence to the redaction of alternative points of view regarding AGW here on the DR?

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-17 06:21 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#11 - FF - Well said!

#12 | Posted by Eyesore at 2014-07-17 01:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

#11 - FF - Well said! (this time select Funny flag).

#13 | Posted by Eyesore at 2014-07-17 01:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

The whole thing is a confidence scam.

All of it.

#8 | Posted by Shawn

It's not working.

I am not feeling all that confident yet.

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-17 03:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's over science frauds.

Reality has caught up with you.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-17 05:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't you know it exists to add credence to the redaction of alternative points of view regarding AGW here on the DR?

If you had an alternative point of view, I'm sure rcade would be OK with you posting it.

What you have, however, is old, tired talking points spoon fed to you.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-18 04:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

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