I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the current media criticism among progressives in the U.S. about what is called “The Doctrine of False Equivalence.” It is the tendency of the media to “split the difference” between two points of view, whether or not one point of view is, for example, rationale and the other is not. An example of the doctrine goes something along the lines of: Obama says “50 + 50 is 104.” The Radical Right says, “No actually 50 + 50 is 104,000.” The press says they are both stretching the numbers.

 

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