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Krugman writes: "These days, media balance often seems to involve retroactively rewriting history to avoid telling readers that one side of a policy debate got things completely wrong."

Paul Krugman. (photo: The New York Times)
Paul Krugman. (photo: The New York Times)


By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

03 September 15


lmost 15 years have passed since I warned about media “balance” that involved systematically abdicating the journalistic duty of informing readers about simple matters of fact. As I said way back when,

If a presidential candidate were to declare that the earth is flat, you would be sure to see a news analysis under the headline ”Shape of the Planet: Both Sides Have a Point.” After all, the earth isn’t perfectly spherical.

So have things improved? In some ways, they may have gotten even worse. These days, media balance often seems to involve retroactively rewriting history to avoid telling readers that one side of a policy debate got things completely wrong.

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+12 # Dust 2015-09-03 12:02
+35 # angelfish 2015-09-03 19:30
So sad. I had hoped to have the quality of Journalism my parents once enjoyed but, like everything else in this country, it too, has gone to the "dogs". The ONLY place to get REAL news these days, is from Comedians like Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert who have NO problem speaking TRUTH to Power. WHERE is ANYONE on Network Television who is NOT a slave to Corporate Power and Control? So much for "the land of the Free...."
+3 # Vegan_Girl 2015-09-04 06:00
Colbert and Stewart are millionaires and entertainers and not journalists. I love both of them but they will NEVER criticize the system seriously, even when such criticism is needed. What they do, they mock the worst excesses of the system.

If you want real journalism, check out Democracy Now!
+27 # Vegan_Girl 2015-09-03 19:41
It is well known that facts have a liberal bias.
+12 # Skippydelic 2015-09-04 05:07
As does reality...
+6 # anarchteacher 2015-09-03 21:00

The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know, by Prof. James F. Tracy

Culture, Art, Media and the CIA, by Charles Burris
+23 # moby doug 2015-09-03 22:03
Objective investigative journalism is under siege as more and more newspapers and magazines go under and print journalists by the hundreds find themselves unemployed. The irony is that people still WANT good reporting....bu t publishers and broadcasters can't find a way to "monetize" it.
+7 # kalpal 2015-09-04 05:26
In today's America it seems that everything is about the worship of income. Sole proprietors can afford to tell truths and take a smaller return on investment. Publicly traded corporations can only afford to grow income in favor of stakeholders and upper level management or that management will be discarded.
+9 # babalu 2015-09-04 06:20
The financial industry gradually took it over, like other industries. Newspapers and other publications used to make good money (cf Hearst Castle), but now they have to pay that to the money boys. Newspapers have been traded recently like baseball cards and with each purchase comes more debt that needs to be "serviced" AHEAD of the reporters and readers.
+6 # futhark 2015-09-04 07:02
YES! And "moderate" does not always indicate the best of available options. Moderation may involve a compromise with evil that would be best avoided.

" There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root" - Henry David Thoreau
+4 # motamanx 2015-09-05 10:27
If you tell a lie often eventually will be believed. --A. Hitler and J Goebbles.
0 # Corvette-Bob 2015-09-07 19:35
There seems to be no accountability for what politicians say. Nobody says hey everything you predicted did not come true. Mitt Romney said if the car companies are saved from the collapse of the money markets they will disappear (they are on pace to selling 16 million vehicles); he said that Jeeps manufacturing were going to be moved to China (didn't happen); he said that ACA was a failure when the cost of health insurance has grown slower than anytime in the last 4o years and the number of insured has grown by 16 million people;

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