I have been meaning to find time since the idea dropped in my lap yesterday to post a little something about reality, how to measure it, and the BS that is the conservative moaning about the mainstream media. Sadly, people who aren’t running kids, making dinners, and teaching classes wrote it first.
Probably better too.
Conner at The Atlantic:
On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just
got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while the New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find.
This. This is something that every single intelligent person in America needs to file away in the mental Rolodex. You don’t like my quoting The Times cause it is all liberal bias? Bullshit, they do reality. They got the story right, your news didn’t. The bloggers at places like KOS and Huffington are not real news reporters but you can quote Faux? Bullshit, Rove parked his foul carcass on air election night and denied reality after even the Faux “decision desk” knew it was over. KOS and Huffington nailed it. The Drudge Report? Don’t make me laugh. They backed Dick “landslide” Morris.
New rule: if you get your news from the GOP media arm, you don’t get to voice their opinion. We now know exactly what that opinion is worth. Nothing.
The election wasn’t some fluke of nature. These “news” sources haven’t told you the truth on any subject. That is how they operate. They lied to you about Sandra Flukes testimony, they lied to you about the budget, they lied about “free phones” and the military and tax cuts. They spun total BS tales about taking your guns, and they lied about jobs going to other countries and they lied about tax raises that are actually tax cuts and tax cuts that you never got. They lied about what the affordable care act does, and they lied about how it does it. They lied about Solyndra, and they lied about the lies they told. They lied about jobs, lied about the stimulus, and then they lied about how to fix a problem already beginning to be repaired. Which they lied about who caused it in the first place. They lied about WMDs and they lied about the reason they matter.
They played you like a cheap whore.
The entire rightwing machine is nothing but lies, misinformation, and bubble chamber.
And here is the thing, the next big issue (or at least it should be) for the nation. Those science and number guys? The ones a lot of us pointed to as proof Obama would win? Both times. The same guys who said the right was bagging the midterms, and got that right too? You recall them?
They have friends, colleagues in arms as it were, that apply the same methods to studying climate.
Remember how they predicted the Obama victory, in most cases right down to the county numbers? Yeah, the climate side of that system does the same thing with temperatures and sea levels and drought. People figure this stuff out.
…and they are, so far, just as right.
Remember that feeling as you sat watching the vote roll in and you couldn’t believe it was happening?
It sucks more when what is rolling in is boiling temperatures and killer storms and sea levels.