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April 26, 2010

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steve sturm

You're right, but does it really matter? Klein isn't reaching anyone who doesn't either already agree with him or is looking to argue with him... his ability to sway independents is probably close to nil.

Danube of Thought

When someone uses the term "epistemic closure," I reach for my revolver.

anduril

Obama, by his lights, isn't lying. He espouses a Marxist/Leninist doctrine of truth (known in Islam as taqqiyah) according to which truth is that which leads to victory. People who don't understand his own ideological self identity will always be at a loss to understand what he's up to, endlessly parsing his words to find a kernel of conventional sincerity. The fact that his self identity is essentially ideological is at the core of his emptiness.

Thomas Collins

Try to discuss with a lib with concept that the level of marginal rates of taxation affect the level of economic activity. See how open they are.

Or try to discuss with libs how Aid to Families With Dependent Children had a devastating impact on those at the lower end of the economic scale.

Or try to discuss with libs how the multiculturalist mindset can destroy a functioning body politic.

I could go on and on. With honorable exceptions (for example, Harvey Silverglate's attacks on campus speech codes), modern libs are among the most close minded people in the history of ideas.

Clarice

Me, too, DoT. Though I'll let yu go first because by now you're already locked and loaded.

nathan hale

No, it's more the George Constanza rule " If you believe it, it's not a lie" that covers 75% of this.

rse

Speaking of things that weren't disclosed, LUN says that Office of the Medicare Actuary report was on Sebelius' desk more than a week before the healthcare vote.

She chose not to release it so as not to influence the vote.

These people are determined not to let facts or reality get in the way of their policies.

MayBee

I LOVE it that so many Journolisters have now weighed in on the hot topic of "epistemic closure". I wonder which one of them decided to label it as such.

Clarice

It's easier to make fun of Ezra then it is to figure out how to smash the iron curtain of information to reach out to busy people who have no other readily accessible form of information than the morning paper and the evening news.

Too much of the alternative media IMO wastes time on idiots like him when they need to reach out to intelligent but cocooned voters.

Jane

When someone uses the term "epistemic closure," I reach for my revolver.

LOL

Rick Ballard

I think that Klein deserves a hand for his part in generating these these type of results for the newspaper dumb enough to employ him. He and other credentialed morons of his ilk are doing more to destroy the liberal fog machine through a careful blend of inanity and simple stupidity than Rush could hope for.

TC,

Is it "close minded" or "empty headed"? I recognize that the average credentialed moron has received the full detriment of a complete liberal indoctrination (usually at an Ivy League diploma mill) but the depths reached in their pursuit of becoming effective propagandists suggest a paucity of functioning synapses in general. That appears to be true across the board in all 57 states, IMO.

Thomas Collins

Rick, empty headed may be the better term. I suppose that to be close minded, something has to be going on up there.

Lesley

When I first read the words "Great Moments in the Epistemic Closure Debate", I thought, Oh no, not another kooky Andrew Sullivan theory about Trig Palin's birth.....

Ignatz

Since I didn't follow TM's original link about those hypersonic weapons in the Barack Obama Strangelove thread I didn't catch that they are referenced in the new START treaty.
Legal Insurrection points out (as did the Times) that for each one we deploy we have to retire a nuke.
Perhaps everyone else already realized what a stupid and pointless concession Barry made but I didn't.

MarkO

I'm with Lesley. I thought it was an obstetric procedure. I was hoping to use it on Nancy. Or, Hillary.

PDinDetroit

I, as a right-wing conservative, am very open-minded. To this end, I proudly support the following event at LUN.

MayBee

The reason Ezra is important to pay attention to is he telegraphs what the Democrats are going to do next, and what their thinking on certain subjects is. He kind of prepackages the Dem information for other journalists to use (or occasionally reject).
So in a way, understanding Ezra is a weapon in smashing the iron curtain to which Clarice refers.

Mark Ambinder, on the other hand, is valuable for knowing what the *WH* spin is going to be on something.

Both of them were talking about- and using the term- "epistemic closure" in the past few days.

We're moving from "Teabaggers are dangerous" to "Conservatives are dumb" as we (were supposed) to move into the climate change debate.

bgates

What progressive makes the best arguments for tyranny? I haven't been impressed with anything I've heard from the people TM usually quotes, like Klein, Yglesias, and Obama.

MayBee

Isn't it Friedman who makes the arguments for tyranny?

Thomas Collins

I wonder how epistemically open libs are to arguments against the Dodd corporate governance provisons (some of which arguments are summarized in the LUN). I wonder how many libs have even thought about whether the Dodd approach to regulatory reform will do anything other than further burden the economy with rulemaking gone wild.

Jane

We're moving from "Teabaggers are dangerous" to "Conservatives are dumb" as we (were supposed) to move into the climate change debate.

This weekend I heard things like:

"Tea Partiers are more like the democrats than republicans" and "The Tea Party should go green". So clearly there is an attempt to co-opt us.

Let em try.

Topsecretk9

Hold on, I need to tell the guy holding the gun to my head to read Justoneminute and listen to Rush/Fox News to step back a little bit. I have an itch on my ear.

Topsecretk9

We're moving from "Teabaggers are dangerous" to "Conservatives are dumb" as we (were supposed) to move into the climate change debate.

And here I thought we were still in Authoritarian Cult mode.

Ignatz

--What progressive makes the best arguments for tyranny?--

Probably that chick in the Transformer movies.

MayBee

Well, today Ambider doubles down, using an op-Ed by global warming believer Newt Gingrich to prove the right's rhetoric against Obama is epistemicaly closed (and unAmerican, according to Nancy Pelosi's brilliant opEd that Marc fails to mention).

Thomas Collins

I can't wait for the David Brooks op ed in which he discusses Niebuhr's and Burke's views on epistemic closure, and on how only cultured, educated elites such as himself can avoid the fate of being epistemically closed.

Thomas Collins

The thing I am trying to figure out is to what niche group the libs are trying to appeal by spouting the epistemic closure mantra. Are contributions to the Democratic National Committee from post-modern studies professors at northeastern colleges down?

nathan hale

There's light at the end of the tunnel, Ezra, unfortunately it's an oncoming train. I think they call it the Tea Party Express

Pagar

" that for each one we deploy we have to retire a nuke".

These guys could care less how many nukes we retire.

Moscow markets cruise missile launched from a freight container

Jane

test

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

And I thought epistemic closure was a medical procedure!!!

MayBee

I have to run, so I'll grab the links later. But here's the basic evolution of the anti-anti-Obama rhetoric (loosely grouped together as "tea party people)

1. Angry townhall protesters using nazi symbolism, pushing independents toward health care reform due to scary, angry rhetoric (Ambinder and Brownstein)

2. UnAmerican (Pelosi, Hoyer)

3. Racist

4 Inciting violence, encouraging the next Tim McVeigh

5. Small enough to be irrelevant

6. Stupid, close minded. Representative of the right's stupidity, close mindedness, and anti-green agenda.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Do only those who care to discuss epistemic closure have gravitas?

matt

how can these people take themselves seriously? When even SNL is running parodies of Dear Leader's incompetence, it would seem obvious, even to a benighted conservative such as myself, that there is a credibility/truthfulness issue issue with this administration that is apparently unseen by the Ministry of Propaganda.

I just looked up the word epistemic, and at least yahoo doesn't have a definition. I do know epistemiology is the study of the nature of knowledge. So did this assclown and his associates simply invent their own word?

Amazingly, they still don't get the phase shift in the definition of counterculture.

Jane

You know rather than dwelling on all this gynecological stuff that Ezra is tranfixed with, maybe we should be discussing the notion that Obama lied to the FBI and should be getting in a heap of trouble sometime soon.

nathan hale

Yet much like Kirk vs, Khan, they keep missing
the target. Halperin is another one, who keeps
finding a new shovel, instead of stop digging

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

That was my first reaction, Jane. I guess it was on my mind after Princess Harper Grace was born two weeks ago.

That procedure is best not disclosed to the male gender. It makes them wince.

Thomas Collins

It appears that Warren Buffett is suffering epistemic closure when it comes to putting his cash reserves where his mouth has been. See LUN.

centralcal

Hey guys, I am pretty sure the "epistemic closure" phrase first appeared in an NRO article by Jim Manzi who went after Mark Levin. Then various NRO bloggers, discussed or disagreed with Manzi, and it spread from there.

Sue

5. Small enough to be irrelevant

That was Ed Rendell's duty this morning. He repeated, over and over, the number of protesters in DC on tax day was less than 1,000. Why was the media even bothering covering them? He could 100,000 to show up on a moment's notice for a protest on pet rights. Or something along those lines.

centralcal

Yes, I was correct - here is the original as written by Mr. Manzi with his concluding line being:

"This section of the book is an almost perfect example of epistemic closure."

He is criticizing Mark Levin's book Liberty and Tyranny.

LUN

centralcal

sorry - LUN is there now.

Jim Ryan

When someone uses the term "epistemic closure," I reach for my revolver.

Thank you. We used to say "closed-minded" or "dogmatic." "Epistemic closure" is a technical term in philosophy that has little to do with either of those things.

maryrose


msm will say anything to marginalize the tea Party movement. On election day we will truly realize those who have been cut down to size. On May 4th in Ohio we have dumb SOS Brunner and dumber Fisher {Strickland appointee } in a dem primary contest. Portman should make mincemeat out of either one of these puppets.

Thomas Collins

See LUN for what I think is the article to which centralcal is referring.

Lord Whorfin says Obama still sucks

re: closed mind vs empty headed
A closed mind can always be opened, and an empty head can be filled, but who does the filling? And who opens the closed mind, but the mind itself?
I prefer "stuck on stupid"

Jim Ryan

centralcal, the abhorrent usage goes back a month or two before Manzi. Blech.

Steve

Did it not strike Ezra as great irony that his very examples of right-wing close-mindedness are also examples of his own confirmation bias?

Also, if you follow the link in his article to the Pew Center survey, the results indicate that Rs and Is are more knowledgeable than Ds, thus directly refuting his very premise!

Mike Huggins

This is OT, but gets to the "slobbering love affair" the NYT has with the Prez. I had the great fortune to witness (my old team) the Bronx Bombers get pounded by (my adopted team) the Halos yesterday in Anaheim. Checking the NYT account of the game, I came across this howler:

But Obama is an ardent White Sox fan, and he may be curious why Vazquez, who endured three inconsistent seasons playing on the South Side of Chicago, is struggling so much.

Yeah, I'm sure he's curious about that since he's so ardent that he can not name his favorite White Sox players and he thinks they play in Comminsky Park. But, when you have the NYT writing your hagiography, it doesn't matter. (I apologize ahead of time if I've unleashed the "italics" monster on the thread.)

Thomas Collins

Following up on Jim Ryan's 2:15 PM post, see LUN for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's discussion of the epistemic closure principle.

Jane

How is the princess Jim? And when can we arrange an introduction to our prince porchlight?

nathan hale

It comes from Julian Sanchez, who once upon a time, was an adequate libertarian, but he hss
surrendered almost all arguments to statist
encroachment

centralcal

Really, Jim? So Manzi just jumped onto the epi bandwagon? I believe you.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

We'll have to meet half way between Atlanta and Porch Country when the babies can travel. Of course I can't remember that far back when my first child made her first car trip. Is six months about right?

Thomas, thanks for the link. Mine eyes glazeth over!!

daddy

"Isn't it Friedman who makes the arguments for tyranny?

Read as much of his column today as I could stand. Says he wants the Tea Party movement to quit their yapping about the Constitution and Government overspending, and instead do something valuable to really make themselves relevant---Go Green.

Friedman says that's what the Tea Partier's need to do to really make a positive impact on America and the world, and that he's willing to draw the Go Green rallying Posters for the Tea Party movement himself.

It surprises me that a guy like Friedman wants to associate with all those angry, hate-mongering, white racist/fascist extremists that make up the Tea Party, but oh well, always suspected he was secretly a closet case.

Maybe we should take him up on his offer and converge on his humble, environmentally friendly shack and get him to come out and explain to us all how to live unostentatious Green Lives with low carbon footprints in harmony with GAIA.

Jack is Back!

So when the left shouts down speakers they don't like (i.e. Ann Coulter) that is not the same as "epistemic closure"?

By the way, did you read P. J. O'Rourke in the Weekly Standard on how we are being run by the A Students? LUN

Its spot on and more importantly, he is still the funniest writer on politics and culture we have.

Dave

Good God!!! Still pushing Bill Ayers and the whole Obama is secretly a commie line? Of all the arguments against Obama that had to be one of the most pathetic and, yes, seems to indicate epistemic closure on your part.

Porchlight

We'll have to meet half way between Atlanta and Porch Country when the babies can travel. Of course I can't remember that far back when my first child made her first car trip. Is six months about right?

How about New Orleans? I think we took our firstborn to Baton Rouge to see family when she was around five months. It was pretty easy.

matt

Thank you, Thomas and Jim! I was looking for a philosophical dictionary and didn't have the time to delve deeper. Now I'll bookmark it.

So basically we have a bunch of word jockeys throwing around obscure terms like hand grenades hoping the hoi poloi won't be able to look them up. That is intellectual bush league-ism.

After reading the definition. I still believe a rock is a rock because it meets all the criteria for being a rock, both by deduction and logical implication. Thus, there is epistemic closure.

However, should that rock be crushed or melt into molten magma (pinkie to edge of lip) one must reopen the epistemic knowledge box and expand the definition of a rock. This is simply reevaluation one's knowledge based upon new data points.

Philosophers can be remarkably obscure, but then, that's in the job description. Writers on politics, on the other hand should have some facility in conveying either the facts or their views in an effective manner.

What we do know from this episode, dear correspondents, is that there is epistemic closure in observing that Mr. Klein, Mr. Manzi, et al are assclowns through the "if it walks like a duck" theorem of Parsnippius.

Porchlight

the whole Obama is secretly a commie line?

I wasn't aware of any secrecy on this point.

Ignatz

--Still pushing Bill Ayers and the whole Obama is secretly a commie line?--

Well if GWB is still 'Bushitler' to Dave and his ilk, even though he's never been associated with any Nazi's, it doesn't seem too close-minded to remember that Barry launched his political career from the house of an unrepentant Marxist terrorist and then lied about the relationship.

MarkO

Why push? It's just like when crazies raised questions about that nice Lewinsky girl. Our President told us the truth. He presided over an open administration. Don't we have something better to do, like promote the President's agenda? As he told us, he had to get back to work for the American people.

It so reminds me of the slander put out by the Washington Post about our President Nixon. Imagine, suggesing that he would participate in a felony. He told us, on TV, on CBS even, that he was not a "crook." How much more do you want from the man? He was elected in a landslide and he was ending that awful war.

President Obama, too, was elected in a landslide, one that changed our country to post racial. Some racists just want to see him fail. Haters.

As he, himself, has said, sit down, shut up and get out of the way.

Just be grateful you don't know more about him. There's a purpose for it. Hope.

JM Hanes

Dave:

"Still pushing Bill Ayers and the whole Obama is secretly a commie line?"

Anybody looking for epistemic closure can go with "just a guy in the neighborhood."

Jane

JMH,

I admit concern when I saw you here yesterday at 9:00 AM. I'm glad to see things back to normal.

Danube of Thought

...seems to indicate epistemic closure on your part.

How does one recognize epistemic closure? Who in the hell talks that way?

caro

HA! Friedman obviously didn't hear the cheers when Lord Monkton spoke at the DC Tea Party. You should have heard 20,000 people yelling B--- S--- at the top of their lungs re global warming.

MarkO

Who in the hell talks that way?

I'll take pompous assholes for $500.

takethemoney

Cognition is not human and there are all kinds of ways of acquiring knowledge. For example, you could raise the dead and use their lives. It's usually a computer voice cause they don't want ghosts and they can answer questions about ruling and stuff. Like Clinton and his dead Presidents. This is a nice way to get luciferians off your back without having to worry about them assuming bodies.

We can all relive O's wants like hating banking and housing and cars, etc. He should be happy with his past then and not pain us since we are going through his and there might be less earthquakes and stuff if he's happy.

Using others lives is okay, especially for O having got all his fame and fortune that way. It's needed for the survival of the whole human race! O will be happy to let anyone use him cause he's perfect and everything.

The O commie line is China taxing globally capitalists. They think this is a great idea like O's global tax legislation and England's. Why would anyone be mad. Sun sets happen every day and O is just doing the right thing as America dies.

matt

get me my aluminum foil helmet, Robin! There's a message from Xenu in there somewhere!

sbw

Epistemic closure. From the Greek episteme meaning knowing.

Epistemic closure literally means closing off knowing, a long-time liberal/progressive strategy of avoiding discussion of any and all subjects by refusing to address the topics and hand while suggesting something irrelevant as a subterfuge.

Attempts at epistemic closure are best addressed with a horse laugh, because those who would invoke such BS are immune to logical rejoinder.

sbw

"and hand" s/b "at hand"

nathan hale

This will likely cause conniptions among those
tending toward epistemic closure in the LUN

MayBee

That procedure is best not disclosed to the male gender. It makes them wince.

Oh, honey. You have no idea.

MisterX

From a recent Harris Poll (via FreeRepublic)

Majorities of Republicans believe that President Obama:

Is a socialist (67%)

Wants to take away Americans' right to own guns (61%)

Is a Muslim (57%)

Wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government (51%); and

Has done many things that are unconstitutional (55%).

Also large numbers of Republicans also believe that President Obama:


Resents America's heritage (47%)

Does what Wall Street and the bankers tell him to do (40%)

Was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (45%)

Is the "domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitution speaks of" (45%)

Is a racist (42%)

Want to use an economic collapse or terrorist attack as an excuse to take dictatorial powers (41%)

Is doing many of the things that Hitler did (38%).

Even more remarkable perhaps, fully 24% of Republicans believe that "he may be the Anti-Christ" and 22% believe "he wants the terrorists to win."

*****
57% believe he is a Muslim? 45% believe he was not born in the US? Epistemic Closure?

Res Ipsa Loquitur

centralcal

lol, MayBee!

matt

It will only be closure when the votes are counted, nathan. It's our job to help make that happen.

Captain Hate

Attempts at epistemic closure are best addressed with a horse laugh, because those who would invoke such BS are immune to logical rejoinder.

You mean we shouldn't take "Dave" seriously? No problem.

MarkO

So, it's like a revealed religion. Once given, the debate is over. No wonder Obama feels so oppressive.

Cast off your chains. Yeah. Let's use that.

rse

From TC's 2:00 post-"President Barack Obama is close to securing his revamp of financial-market rules, a package aimed at preventing a repeat of the financial crisis."

They just love to use that full name. As opposed to that other President Obama.

PDinDetroit

57% believe he is a Muslim?

Prima Facie evidence via ABC News Interview confirms it - Obama's Own words of "My Muslim Faith...". See LUN.

Can't get much simpler than that!

Pofarmer

Ya know misterX, you might actually have a point if Obama had done anything to put those fears to bed. In this instance, closure, or, rather, disclosure, falls upon the administration.

MayBee

Who in the world cares if people think Obama is a Muslim?
It matters not one whit.

Threadkiller

,"Who in the world cares if people think Obama is a Muslim?

Muslims care.


Bryan

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Obama has long ago declared his support of socialistic ends in his approach to government. This isn't opinion; it comes from his writings. I don't understand why 100% of republicans and independents polled don't vote in the affirmative.

MayBee

,"Who in the world cares if people think Obama is a Muslim?

Muslims care.


Bryan

So they must love this poll, no?

bgates

57% believe he is a Muslim?

All they'd have to do to know otherwise is go visit his new church. What's that church that he decided to attend?

45% believe he was not born in the US?

Absurd. The plain and simple truth is his parents, a married man from Kenya named Barack and a woman named Stanley, met in a Russian class in Hawaii, got married, and had a child 7 months later also in Hawaii as has been irrefutably proven by lots of government officials saying that is what happened. Three weeks after that Stanley started school in Washington, and a year later Barack (Sr) moved to Boston, followed in relatively short order by a divorce (from Stanley, not from his first wife, to whom he was still married).

You'd think people had never heard of a whirlwind courtship between a married foreigner and a teenager who, though separated by age, race, and culture, share a forbidden passion and an interest in America's primary enemy, leading to an out-of-wedlock conception and a brief but undoubtedly happy marriage after which both young lovers move more than two thousand miles away from each other and their baby within a year of his birth.

Threadkiller

MayBee,

Not sure, but the poll might make them love Republicans!


Bryan

MisterX

Ya know misterX, you might actually have a point if Obama had done anything to put those fears to bed. In this instance, closure, or, rather, disclosure, falls upon the administration.

*****

The right wing spent months pointing out that Obama sat through year after year of sermons in Wright's church, and yet more than half of Republicans believe he is a Muslim.

And when Obama produces a birth certificate, and contemparenous newspaper reference to his Hawaiin birth, almost half still believe he was not born here.

This is exaclty the defenition of epistemic closure - believing one thing when the evidence is completely to the contrary.

Captain Hate

contemparenous..Hawaiin..defenition

Solid B+

Threadkiller

MisterX,

This is a direct result of the "right wing" spending no time pointing out that he is a dual citizen, and polls never asking a pertinent question.


I am glad you are prepared to examine the evidence.

Bryan.

bgates

The right wing spent months pointing out that Obama sat through year after year of sermons in Wright's church

Why did it have to be the right that did that? Weren't there interested journalists who wanted to inform the public about such a significant part of the life of the man who would be President?

This is exaclty the defenition of epistemic closure - believing one thing when the evidence is completely to the contrary.

A more "exaclt" "defenition" has been provided already, but for a great example of what you're trying to talk about, look at this:

ABC, July 2008: If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you support the surge?

Obama: No, because, keep in mind that…

ABC: You wouldn’t?

Obama: Keep in mind… These kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. Hindsight is 20/20. But I think that, what I’m absolutely convinced of, is that at that time we had to change the political debate because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with.

Obama: I'm rather be wrong than Right!

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

You sound like a lawyer making a final argument after a trial, x. If you listen to any lawyer on final, you would think the case was open and shut for his/her side. Unfortunately for each of the advocates, the jury has to tease out the "truth" from those two opposing arguments, each from the same evidence, and each from the same points of law.

jimmyk

The right wing spent months pointing out that Obama sat through year after year of sermons in Wright's church, and yet more than half of Republicans believe he is a Muslim.

How dare you think he's a Muslim when all the evidence merely proves that he's a racist! And of course, it's impossible to be both!

Janet

Are you guys still discussing the sketchy birth of Barack Black Eagle?

bgates

Resents America's heritage (47%)

No, he wanted to "fundamentally transform the United States", which before his rise to power was governed by a Constitution which was "an imperfect document, and [says Obama] a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture", for some other reason than an agreement with his spiritual advisor (remember him?) that "white folks' greed" is ruining the world.

MisterX

All they'd have to do to know otherwise is go visit his new church. What's that church that he decided to attend?

******

The same one Bush attended in Washington. And we all know how the "close minded" left spent the 8 years he was in Washington believing he was a Muslim.

So what explains the different treatment? Hmmm.

Threadkiller

"So what explains the different treatment? Hmmm."

Bush was a natural born citizen.


Bryan

bunkerbuster

Why would so many conservatives rather celebrate their "victimhood" than actually create a news media that pleases them?
The reality is that conservatives are overrepresented in the news media. The problem is, the media that represents them are all second-class: tabloids like The New York Post, talkradio like Limbaugh and "ideotainment" like Fox "News" Channel.
Tom writes: ``A typical lefty could listen to NPR on the drive to work, pick up the NY Times/LA Times/Washington Post, watch CNN, read Newsweek/TIME, and feel very well informed.''
But why aren't conservatives content to listen to talkradio on the drive to work, pick up the New York Post/L.A. Daily News/Washington Times, watch Fox News, read The Weekly Standard/National Review and feel very well informed??
The reality is that there is a surfeit of conservative media, but a shortage of conservative readers.
The New York Times has its place of prominence solely because it has a long history of presenting news professionally and within the broadest ideological frame of the majority of readers. There is no government intervention or corporate conspiracy to keep the NYT up and the New York Post down. The reality is that readers simply chose the NY Times over Murdoch's gossip rag because they prefer real news, professional, even if imperfectly, presented.
America is a free country. There are plenty of right-wing billionaires. Given that, why isn't there a "conservative" New York Times or Washington Post?
Are you telling me Rupert Murdoch is too stupid, too poor or too lazy to compete with the New York Times?
What's funniest is the conservative whining is having a toxic effect on their politics.
Conservatives take as an article of faith that they are treated unfairly in the media and therefore believe that Americans would eat their ideology like ice cream if only it would be served up to them. The reality may be that Americans know what the conservatives flavors taste like and freely chose to reject them.
Conservatives would be a lot better off if they stopped whining so much and pretending the media were against them and, instead, worked to build on the considerable advantages they have in the sectors of the media (cable TV and talkradio) they dominate.
Plus, they should also realize WHY they fail in the daily newspaper and weekly magazine business...Hint, it's not because of any conspiracy or any old-boy network, it's because the ideology is suited to blowhards like Rush, not factual news reporting...

nathan hale

Well the WSJ is one of the few papers that really has shown little slippage, it still deals in some of the liberal memes on the front pages. But that is really at the heart
of Ezra's complaint isn't it, even though his world view has been disastrously inadequate
to interpret reality in any significant way.

bunkerbuster

Nathan: if Ezra's worldview is "disastrously inadequate'' why can't his ideological opponents field a media they feel is adequate?
Are they too poor? Too lazy? Too dumb?

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