Weekly, er…, Double Standard

Someday, an alien race from outer space will document the Earth.  That documentation will likely include a dictionary of its various languages – including English.

When that dictionary is produced, the the words “lie” and “joke” will have the same illustration:

Fair and Balanced

The Fox ‘News’ logo by itself won’t suffice, given that its not the only practitioner of that fraud.  From They Gave us a Republic:

Matt Labash, of the neo-conservative Weekly Standard stated the right wing view on journalism accurately a few years ago: “We come with a strong point of view, and people like point-of-view journalism. While all these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We’ve created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective. It pays to be subjective as much as possible. It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it, too: Criticize other people for not being objective but be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket. I’m glad we found it, actually.”

In the broadest sense, of course the American free press is “liberal.” The whole point of a free press in a democracy, after all, is to empower the masses by giving them access to information that enables them to both exercise political power and to hold a society’s business, professional, educational and cultural elites accountable. At the same time, a free press reflects the Enlightenment faith in human reason and the belief that truth is a journey and not a destination.

But what if you are wealthy far right reactionary, or a right wing movement, that doesn’t believe in these basic principles of a free and liberal democratic society? What if you do not believe in the Enlightenment “search” for truth since your “Truth” has already been found and has been codified in the orthodoxy of some religion or in the tenets of some political or economic ideology?

What if you do not believe in giving the masses political power but believe instead in the traditional castes and hierarchies that conservatives have always believed in throughout history, with effective power confined within the hands of safe and reliable conservative elites?

You wrap yourselves in the christian bible, starch your hair, starch your smile, fuck everything that moves (irrespective of your marital status), demonize all who have any non-marital and/or non-missionary-position sex, preach christian humility, engage in greed that would make King Midas projectile vomit, preach the sanctity of life, advocate policies of war that would make Hitler scratch is head out of confusion, preach the sanctity of the Constitution, advocate for judges who believe that the christian bible that you’ve wrapped yourself in supercedes the Supreme Law of the Land, and then you go on Fox ‘News’ and demonize anyone who accurately documents what you’re doing and how you’re doing it as ‘biased.’

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