Senator Joe McCarthy caused fear and loathing with his commie witch-hunts. It seems a new McCarthyism has manifested itself, this time led by the left-wing.
They seek to ban and block any person or group who dares to voice their opinions. We saw an example of that yesterday at The Standard where a university academic, who also blogs at The Standard, essentially called for the censorship of the media from ideas that he doesn’t agree with.
Footnote (I’m an academic, I love footnotes!) on a suggestion to the media. Almost everything you publish is a piece in isolation. There is a better way.
Take The Herald for example. You publish Marvelly’s piece on poverty today, just a week after (re)publishing Whyte’s excerable nonsense. If you had any kind of overview / foundation of established fact / ongoing context on the topic of poverty you wouldn’t be publishing such wildly inconsistent pieces (the Whyte article would have been rejected as the nonsense that it was).
Take climate change as another example, no responsible media should be publishing denier nonsense these days.
Now you (the responsible media) might say that you’re offering a range of opinions. But when some opinions are clearly and provably nonsense that excuse is just an abdication of responsibility. It’s laziness, clickbait, and harmful.
I guess I’m asking for context and sanity checking in the media. Fact-based narrative instead of isolated and inconsistent snippets. Harder work, but much better for everyone.
If that isn’t a call for politically motivated censorship then I don’t know what is. He doesn’t want debate and opinions, he’s already decided and we shouldn’t be seeing anything he disagrees with in print anywhere.
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