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Sun Jan 31, 2021, 02:54 PM

Media tries to "both sides" an insurrection: No, anger over the Capitol riot isn't "partisan rancor

Media tries to "both sides" an insurrection: No, anger over the Capitol riot isn't "partisan rancor"
The Washington Post ran a "both sides do it" headline but only the GOP is tacitly supporting Trump's failed coup
https://www.salon.com/2021/01/29/media-tries-to-both-sides-an-insurrection-no-anger-over-the-capitol-riot-isnt-partisan-rancor/

The endless mainstream media urge to cast any and every partisan conflict in "both sides do it" terms no matter how one-sided any conflict actually is hit a shocking new low on Friday morning when the Washington Post ran this front-page headline: "Congress hits new levels of partisan rancor."

The Post's appalling headline really underscores the mainstream media's slavish dedication to false equivalence. It minimizes the growing Republican support for the violent insurrection of January 6 and the continued Democratic anger over those events as merely a partisan spat. Readers who clicked the story saw more of the casual equation between the intended victims of the mob Donald Trump sent to the Capitol and Trump's supporters with the internal headline: "Hostility between congressional Republicans and Democrats reaches new lows amid growing fears of violence." The headline manages to insinuate that both parties are rolling out the welcome mat for violence when truly, it's only the Republicans.

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But really, the deeper issue is a moral vacuity of framing a violent attempt to overthrow the government as if it's an everyday horse race story. The disagreement between Democratic and Republican voters about the wisdom of armed insurrection isn't mere partisan bickering. American democracy is in very real danger of collapse, especially as one party continues to conspire with the president who leveraged violence in his effort to stage a coup. Addressing this as if it were the equivalent to a partisan spat over tax rates is a dereliction of journalistic duty.

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Trump's insurrection efforts failed, but this is not an excuse to minimize the situation. On the contrary, failure to take it seriously makes it that much easier for Republican leadership to continue conspiring with the people especially Trump most responsible for the insurrection. The more support from Republican leaders that Trump and others with fascist tendencies get, the likelier it is that the next attempt to overthrow the government will succeed. Only one side, the Republicans, has insurrectionists and leaders who support them. Media outlets need to not mince words when saying so.

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Reply Media tries to "both sides" an insurrection: No, anger over the Capitol riot isn't "partisan rancor (Original post)
dajoki Jan 2021 OP
Laelth Jan 2021 #1
gulliver Jan 2021 #2
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 2021 #3
SunSeeker Jan 2021 #4
abqtommy Jan 2021 #5

Response to dajoki (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 03:02 PM

1. Hear! Hear! Very important. Well said. k&r n/t



-Laelth

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Sun Jan 31, 2021, 03:14 PM

2. The Post headline is just plain incompetent and arrogant.

"Congress hits new levels of partisan rancor."

Really? Is there a "partisan rancor" gauge on a control panel somewhere that the "journalist" or headline-writing "editor" happened to know about? Or did they just decide that the vaguely defined idea of "partisan rancor" had hit a "new level" because it sounded good?

"Hey, it's got the word 'rancor,' used in a sentence! My last English teacher would give me bonus points for that. And if we said anything that sounded like Republicans did something wrong, it would cut my click count by 25%! I need box office results to pay back my student loans!"

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 03:31 PM

3. This is why my subscription to WaPo was allowed to run out without renewal.

WaPo should not try to imitate the NYT in trying to exacerbate troubles for clicks.

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Sun Jan 31, 2021, 03:33 PM

4. It's infuriating.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2021, 03:50 PM

5. All I can say about the U.S. media's persistence is "Bless their evil hearts".

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