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Obama on the 'false balance' in news coverage

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The Poynter Institute has put together a roundup of reporting on President Obama as media critic. For example, from the New York Times:

Privately and publicly, Mr. Obama has articulated what he sees as two overarching problems: coverage that focuses on political winners and losers rather than substance; and a “false balance,” in which two opposing sides are given equal weight regardless of the facts. …

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, was previously Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief. He said the president thought that some journalists were more comfortable blaming both parties, regardless of the facts. “To be saying ‘they’re both equally wrong’ or ‘they’re both equally bad,’ ” Mr. Carney said, “then you look high-minded.”

Amen. Facts matter. Consequences matter. Differences of degree are differences.

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