Lots of people on the left are frustrated with the false equivalency, lazy centrist arguments that crop up in the media – the bland, fact free assumption that the progressive left must be as extremist and nutty as the teabagger right. There are lots of reasons why this happen but the biggest one is simply that it allows journalists to pretend to be objective and to avoid being accused of bias. It’s a false narrative and it’s part of the problem.
One of the problems with horse race journalism is not just that it’s content-free. It’s also that by continually focusing on power and the perceptions of power, the muddling of fact into opinion creates an environment wherein both sides of the mythical “center” of the parties are seen as equally extreme.[snip]
It matters that conservatives have been proven wrong about the relationship between deficits and inflation. It matters that conservatives have been proven wrong about climate change. It matters that countries with single-payer healthcare have better care at lower cost. It matters that treating minorities as human beings with equal rights does not cause society to fall apart. It matters that supply side economic theory has been proven to be a disaster. It matters that record corporate profits and low effective tax rates are accompanying high unemployment, killing all conservative claims about economic realities in any fair debate. It matters that blue states tend to be socially and economically happier than red ones. It matters that countries with decent gun control laws have far lower rates of gun violence and murder in general. It matters that imposing austerity during a recession only deepens the economic doldrums while increasing the debt, and that this fact has been proven out in recent years. It matters that income inequality is damaging to a country’s economic future, and that retirement programs for the elderly can easily be paid for by taking what amounts to pocket change in taxes from the wealthiest Americans. These aren’t matters of opinion to be gauged on the sliding scale. These are matters of fact.