The panel discussion from this week's Real Time with Bill Maher on the media's constant quest for false balance and pretending there are always two equally valid sides to every issue. This is something that any of us who monitor the cable news daily nonsense already know but it was nice to hear some of these things said aloud for once.
Too many of the talking heads on television are nothing but out of work political consultants. They want a left and right person to battle it out for ratings instead of bringing in people who are actually knowledgeable on a subject. They give cranks equal weight in a debate when they deserve to be dismissed rather than given air time, and they confuse balance for accuracy.
The media has done their best to dumb down the American electorate which unfortunately doesn't always need any help in that department, and as Bill points out, sadly they're doing a good job.
Real Time with Bill Maher, June 20, 2014. IAVA's Rieckhoff, The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald and host Bill Maher battle it out over whether or not Edward Snowden's leaks actually did damage to national security.
IAVA's Paul Rieckhoff, The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald and host Bill Maher battled it out over whether or not Edward Snowden's leaks actually did damage to national security on this Friday's Real Time. Read more...