“Both sides do it” sums up the corporate media punditry assessment of the Democrats and Republicans. Equivocation, meet false equivalence.
It is certainly true that corruption and dishonesty can be found within both of our corporatist parties.
But one party is 100% in the pocket of Big Money while the other is somewhat less.
Both sides do it, but one side does it exclusively.
Don’t expect corporate media to ever discuss this difference.
And there are plenty of other examples of false equivalence from corporate media.
One party is actively working to suppress voter turnout. One party is actively working to rig their states electoral system to give the presidential election to Republicans by overruling the majority of Democratic voters.
One party controls the House of Representatives even though more Americans voted for the other party.
One party is openly antagonistic towards democracy and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment:
“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the
nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without
due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal
protection of the laws.” United
Racial profiling, gerrymandering, voter registration restrictions, ID restrictions, limiting access to polls, and let's add Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s personal assault on the Voting Rights Act as "racial entitlements", are a but a few of the weapons used by the Right in its war on democracy.
So, do both sides do that?
I suppose so, if you believe limiting large high fructose beverages in
oppression. But that’s not an issue now. The ridiculous ban has been blocked by
a judge. I’ve never seen that as one of the foundations of liberalism anyway. New
The corporate media’s false equivalence is addressed most eloquently by David Atkins at Hullabaloo:
“But, the critics say, doesn't the left do the same thing?
Well, no. There are two big differences.
First, the progressive left doesn't even begin to have the same influence or funding that the far right does. Even if we wanted to play the Club for Growth's game, we have neither the power nor the reach to do it. And the media barely notices.
But the second and more important difference is that the far right is advocating deeply unpopular and objectively crazy and immoral policies. The left simply isn't doing that.
Cutting Social Security is unpopular. It's also bad public policy. Cutting Medicare is unpopular. It's also bad public policy. Giving the ultra-wealthy more tax breaks is unpopular. It's also bad public policy. Invading
unpopular. It's also bad public policy. Refusing gun background checks is
unpopular. It's also bad public policy. Perpetuating breaks for the fossil fuel
industry is unpopular. It's also bad public policy. The list is endless. Iran
This is why journalism that prioritizes balance over truth is so harmful. If the press isn't able to stand up and tell the public who is right and who is wrong, all that's left is a tug-of-war among seemingly bickering infants. If the press isn't able to say that one side is utterly bought off by corporate interests, and the other side is mostly bought off by corporate interests but less so, then apathy reigns supreme.
If the press were as interested in bipartisanship as they claim to be, the first step would be to start telling the truth about public policy.”
I couldn't have said it better.
A side note, that’s definitely related, is a comment from former Republican senator Alan Simpson.
“In an interview with The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, former senator Alan Simpson(R-Wyo.) gives his thoughts on the state of conservatism ahead of CPAC this week.
Video: Alan Simpson on the state of conservatism: It's 'goofy,' 'rigid'.”
Goofy, rigid... and hostile towards democracy.
Perhaps that's because Republican Right Wing Conservatism is not really conservative. It's more conned-servative.