Lew on Partisan beliefs about the media

Lew at Kiwipolitico has a very good post about partisan beliefs about the media:

Here’s a thing I don’t get. Lefty partisans (in New Zealand and elsewhere) are overwhelmingly convinced that the Main Stream Media is:

  • Run by a shadowy cabal of Dr Evil types whose main goal is to bring the political right to power and keep them there;
  • Obsessed with prurience, trivia, conflict (falsified or trumped-up if necessary), outrage and scandal to the total exclusion of “serious” topics like policy;
  • So credulous as to be unable (or so captured as to be unwilling) to distinguish between competing accounts of differing veracity, reporting all opinions as nominally equal;
  • Selective, punishing the left more harshly than the right; and
  • All of the above is strongly contributing to the decline of civilisation as we know it.

The right believes much the same, just with a different polarity.

I’m not sure the “right” doesn’t think that. As I pointed out in the comments only point three resonates for me, and even then it is not because of the lack of credulity of media rather their inherent laziness, or sufficient will or knowledge to challenge the politicians with what they say and do.

Certainly though, if you chance you arm at reading the comments at Red Alert and The Standard you will see that Lew is right on the money as far as leftwing partisan beliefs are.

For my regular readers Lew and Pablo at Kiwipolitico are what I term honourable and honest lefties. They are worth following for some actual honest leftwing perspective.


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