I agree with Maher completely on this point which applies to much more than climate change with our horrid corporate media.
That's the problem with our obsession with always seeing two sides of every issue equally -- especially when one side has a lot of money. It means we have to pretend there are always two truths, and the side that doesn't know anything has something to say. On this side of the debate: Every scientist in the world. On the other: Mr. Potato Head.
That sums up quite well what passes for political discourse and what is wrong with our "news" media these days. There are not two sides to everything that deserve phony "balance". The "news" is supposed to tell us the truth and dig through the bullshit. Sadly they're happier to feed off of fake conflict that means nothing and does nothing but blur the truth to their viewers for ratings. What passes for news these days is too often little more than tabloid gossip.
That's a sad and sorry state of affairs when there are as many serious issues that we're dealing with as a nation.
Here's Bill Maher's final New Rules segment of the season, where he wonders if it's asking too much of Americans to sacrifice a little bit to have environmentally friendly biodegradable bags despite the noise they make and if we can ever get our politicians to have an actual "adult" conversation about anything. Bill also thanked the teabaggers for how they voted in the mid-term elections. Read more...