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The Biggest Lie The Media Tells Is 'Both Sides'

"Both Sides" is a journalistic cop-out, and it's been around forever.
The Biggest Lie The Media Tells Is 'Both Sides'
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Calling attention to this tweet by Oliver Willis:

Yeah those being lynched were no saints! -- Fox News, 1918.

From 2015:


And watch how conservative media re-writes history in the next four years. I guarantee you, the same folks who insisted that "Bush isn't President anymore" the minute Obama put his hand on the Bible, will insist that everything that happens in the economy in the next four years is STILL Obama's fault.

Eric Boehlert from today (the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre) :

And Oliver Willis again:

As Driftglass says as often as his podcast editrix will allow:

The Centrism of "Both Sides Do It!" is the spider hole into which the Pig People scuttle every time another tenet of their loathsome ideology blows up in their face.

Of course, if you are still a Conservative in the Year of Our Lord 2016, I expect nothing better. You are a cultural dead-loss and beyond redemption and while the rest of us may be required to share a country with you, we are under no obligation to treat you with anything other than contempt.

But the Pig People would be nothing but a minor nuisance -- a boil on the ass of democracy -- without their Centrists who keep the "Both Sides Do It" spider hole well-furnished and open for business. Pound for pound, "both sides" is the biggest and most debilitating lie in American politics bar none. It is the Big Lie that makes all the little lies possible, which is why I focus so hard on those who traffic in it. They are the ones most vulnerable to and terrified of being called out in public. They are the ones we must run out of the media on a rail.

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