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 Tuesday, 21 December 2004
Tuesday, 21 December 2004 17:03:36 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

There are bloggers out there that make to be so superior to the press. But blogs typically don't seem much different in their biased reporting.

In the same day we have a report about how the middle east is declining, and a report about how the middle east is looking up.

Guess which one is right-wing and which is left-wing. Neither of them have substantial accuracy, but both have loads and loads of ideology to back them up... Of course both of them link off to actual news reports, which have more facts than opinion.

One does wonder what bloggers would do without actual news reports on which to opine? It is the rare blog entry that actually contributes facts. Those boring things are left to the presumably obsolete old-style media.

Not that I’m a huge fan of the mainstream media. They are broken and are in desperate need of repair. In that regard I totally agree with the ultra-bloggers.

But to think that blogging is the logical replacement for formal news organizations is a serious stretch. That’s akin to allowing the editorial/opinion pages of a newspaper to overrun the whole thing such that there’s no actual news left anywhere…

I think the lesson here is that my life would be a whole lot easier, though less interesting, if I only read right-wing or left-wing blogs. Reading both just highlights the irrational bias of both positions.

Which is troubling. Because both conservative and liberal thinkers do have valid views on most issues. And the truth lies somewhere in between, hidden in a murky pit of gray goo.

But for people to have different views on facts is problematic. Or worse (and more common), for people to select their facts to support their ideology. In this regard Michael Moore is guilty as hell. But he freely admits it too. Most other people on the right and left aren't nearly as honest about their fact-selection process...

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Tuesday, 21 December 2004 21:54:44 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
What I think is hysterical is when someone will condemn Michael Moore, but then hold Rush Limbaugh up as a paragon of journalistic virtue...or vice-versa.

It's only a bias if you can recognize it, and you only recognize it if it works against your own bias...which is, I guess, how we got in this mess in the first place.
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