False Equivalence

Jonathan Chait’s recent post on the false equivalence which is the hallmark of lazy political journalism is worth your time:

Gerald Seib has a classic of faux journalistic even-handedness today in his efforts to mete out equal, or at least equivalent-sounding, blame to both parties for the deficit…

…One standard to judge the two parties guilt here would be whether they made the problem better or worse. But that would lead to an unacceptable partisan conclusion. So instead the question is changed to, Has either party reduced the deficit as much as would be ideal in a world without political constraints? Thus we can arrive at the comforting, non-partisan answer that both parties have fallen short.

Seib, like Jeffrey Dahmer, is an imperfect human being.

Read the whole thing here.

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Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 7:50 am  Leave a Comment  

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