Sunday, November 7, 2010
Crazy weekend, but Maher's got it bang on. It's long past time to stop pretending that the left and the right, at least in the context of modern American political discourse, are mirror images of one another. If we buy into that, we're fighting on the Evil Ones' turf by letting them frame the debate – and once we let them do it, the fight's over before it's even begun.
Rachel Maddow also did some of God's work in that regard, giving a name to the larger truth that's getting lost in the folderol about Keith Olbermann's suspension:
At long last, can we stop pretending that Fox Noise and the so-called "liberal" media outlets just counterbalance each other? Olbermann was suspended because he supposedly violated the rules of a news operation, however imperfect that might be. Fox, by contrast, functions as the broadcast arm of the teabagger / Republican party. It's not a news operation. It never was.
Let's keep that in mind whenever someone tries to set up a similar operation up here.
(h/t DownWtihTyranny for the image)