April 15, 2010 Leave a comment
I've complained about this before and damnit, and I'll complain about it again. The insistence of mainstream media on framing every dispute over policy as a simple "he said, she said" narrative, where nobody can actually know the truth is beyond frustrating. In this case, the Republicans are lying to an amazingly shameless degree in saying that the financial regulation legislation will lead to more bailouts, when it is designed precisely to dramatically reduce the need for government bailouts. Alas, you don't get that in the latest Post story to cover this issue. They just "cover the controversy" i.e., Republicans say one thing and Democrats say the other. Would it be that hard to talk to a few financial experts, or heck gain a little expertise themselves (yeah, that's hard and journalists far too often take the lazy approach), and determine that in fact Republicans are shamelessly lying and Democrats are essentially telling the truth? Or, hey, read their own blogger. Argh.