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False equivalency really is an ugly thing. It's so ugly, it makes pitbulls look like York Terriers and Jamba the Hut look like Princes Leia.

False equivalence is especially ugly in American politics as the liberal/progressive/rational community knows, with one side clearly creating ridiculous false equivalence comparisons into supposedly grown up discussions.

It doesn't matter, whether you're Reince Priebus or some arrogant nut community person on Huff Post Live, any conservative is so keen to bring up an asinine event and automatically think it's analogous to their flawed candidate's awful moments. (For example of this, see this conservative guy here in this segment if you get a chance after this post).

The latest of that example is the desperation to equally compare Mitt's 47 percent cluster (you know what) to anything Obama has said. What's more ridiculous about it of course is the centrist American news media always legitimizing their argument in order to have balance and keep ratings in tact for the election.  

Conservatives and their false equivalences are more desperate than Twilight movie PR staff and Kristin Stewart hoping she gets back together with Robert Pattinson. It really is embarrassing, and it intentionally insults the intelligence of the American public once again.

Now for those casual viewers of politics who aren't apart of the loyal, rational, and somehow mentally stable people in liberal/progressives circles who can somehow endure 18 hour discussions on politics for a major part of every year, let's just break down this latest pathetic desperation to paint Obama as equally incompetent as Smirking Mitt's consistent humiliation.

Somehow, they thought getting a video of Obama from 1998, talking about redistribution, was going to embarrass him. They should have went back four years ago with Joe the Plumber and save themselves from all the other times Obama has said "redistribution" over the years.

Obama has probably said "redistribution" more times than Brett Favre has thrown touchdowns or Madonna has said the words "Blowjobs" and "F--k" in the 90's.

So that captures the inanity and insanity of conservative once again, and their desire to see an equal argument for any Republican screwup is really about as tacky as Woody Allen is creepy.

Even worse of course is our centrist media continuing to legitimize it, willingly or unwillingly, without ridiculing it as well. And there seems no immediate sign that the likes of Chris Jensing, or the usually terrific on anything but politics Carol Costello, or any other centrist media anchor on broadcast or cable will stop giving a reputable platform for the false equivalence.

The likes of Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, David Brooks, the likes of Olympia Snowe, Kelly Ayotte, Judd Gregg, and all other smart lying or half-truth Republicans will keep on smiling in glee with how they got another fast one by the American people.

The false equivalence will continue to persist and take attention away from legitimately awful moments and mistakes from a flawed conservative ideology domestically and globally unless a cure is given for that here in America.

But I guess the end of the false equivalence is less likely than a moment where Donald Trump is humble and quiet.

(Full disclosure folks: I've been away for a while, at least on writing a post for here, because of trying to work in this media world. So for those who haven't seen me on here since the last days of Arlen Specter being a Republican and Martha Coakley not knowing about the Red Sox costing her the election, Twitter and wonder where the hell I've been, well, I've been there and other places like TPM and The Raw Story. Hope you are all well, God Bless).


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  •  False equivalence is intellectually lazy... (1+ / 0-)
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    which is why our media practices it.  It takes actual knowledge of policy details, which often requires real research and specialized training (in economics, public policy evaluation, etc).  Whenever someone in the media says "both sides do it" my first thought is "you lazy idiot."

    "This is not class warfare. It's math." - Barack Obama 9/19/11

    by DaveV on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:53:42 AM PDT

    •  Lazy editing on my part... (0+ / 0-)

      Meant to say that it takes actual knowledge of policy details to be able to weigh the relative truth of different statements.  If one side is painting their position in the best light possible, while the other side is outright lying, it usually takes actual research and policy evaluation skills to tell the difference.

      "This is not class warfare. It's math." - Barack Obama 9/19/11

      by DaveV on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:57:55 AM PDT

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    •  Journalism Isn't Cost Effective. The Free Press (2+ / 0-)
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      DaveV, Leftcandid

      concept doesn't work.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:05:12 AM PDT

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  •  Hear Hear (1+ / 0-)
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    My right not to beaten for just living in the wrong town is not equal to the right of a preacher to incite the residents to punish me. No more letting the wingnuts on the news to stir up shit. It is ridiculous.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:57:20 AM PDT

  •  Even dumber than that, doncha think? (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, sluggahjells

    Obama has been President for nearly four years, has given 3 SOTUs and dozens of weekly addresses, has submitted legislation and issued executive orders, and has appointed a cabinet, two SC justices, and a huge number of officials.

    What does a 14-year-old audio tape - no matter what was on it - add to what we know about him and how he would act as President?

    All we know about Romney is what he says he would do - if we stop motion among his flip-flops anyway.

    There can be NO equivalency here, true or false.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:05:25 AM PDT

  •  Good post & good to see you sluggahjells (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Media false equivalence will plummet as soon as we (1+ / 0-)
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    reinstall the wall between profit & journalism.  Without that, F.E. will continue to thrive because it is profitable.

    It was so great to see Sorkin address this in the second or third episode of Newsroom.   Sales guy can no longer discuss ratings with editor.  Stories cannot take ratings into account.

    What we really need is the return of zero-ad-revenue news in all formats.

    Before elections have their consequences, Activism has consequences for elections.

    by Leftcandid on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:28:46 AM PDT

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