The way the media is couching valid criticism of the Obamacare rollout is a prime example of the media’s use of False Equivalency. After they rightfully hammered the Tea Party politicians for shutting down the government and nearly causing financial disaster with the debt ceiling negotiations, the rollout gave them a quick way to play their False Equivalency game with a legitimate reason to criticize.
In retrospect its obvious Obama should not have flatly stated everyone gets to keep their existing healthcare plan. However, when you dig beneath the surface the more important truth is those plans being canceled provide inadequate coverage and thats why the law has them stopped. So the media playing off the hype aspect of Obama misleading about a complicated issue under plays that Obamacare is not only going to insure 30MM who cannot afford insurance but also ultimately improve improve upon existing plans of the insured. If the media players of False Equivalency were really looking after the majority of the American people, this is what they would be emphasizing as opposed to Obama lied and the website is awful. Jon Stewart of the Daily Show put it the best when he said Obama may have been somewhat dishonest but the Republicans were lying in the extreme about Obamacare. To put the two on the same level is truly False Equivalency.
This same use of False Equivalency was a major factor in why the Tea Party had the leverage to shutdown the government and also threaten global financial disaster. The media has given legitimacy to Tea Party pols who appear quite delusional in what they believe is good government policy. The presence of Tea Party politicians in our government has juiced the use of False Equivalency from dangerous to very dangerous. Of course politics will always have players in the front and back lines who are driven by their own exaggerated selfish desires. However, up until recently the media was covering for politicians who even though they could be ruthless and greedy at least were not delusional, crazy reckless and irresponsible possibly to the point of treason. The media types that push False Equivalency are as responsible as the politicians for our political dysfunction just like an enabler is responsible for the continued addiction of an addict.
An overwhelming use of false equivalency by the media has been going on at least going back to the Reagan era. False equivalency is the media’s way of criticizing both political parties by exaggerating the mistakes and flaws of one party so when they have to criticize the obvious sins of the other party, they can do it without appearing to have a bias for one side or the other.
Americans who want answers and guidance on how to stop the political dysfunction in our lives need to be focusing on the dangers of False Equivalency. Not buying into False Equivalency should be a major building block to fixing the current mess we call our government.
Not only are most of the media now wasting a lot of time and emotion pumping up anger about how Obama mislead and the website is a disaster, but this is also taking away from the impact of the latest cost of False Equivalency. That would be the 24 billion dollars burned through because of the shutdown. If they want to pump up anger that would be useful how about keeping the focus on that instead of rushing to the hot story.
A few other crazy costly examples of False Equivalency include enabling Bush to blow through hundreds of billions of dollars on the Iraq War based on a lie. The New York Times helped sell that lie and the rest of the mainstream media ran with it. False Equivalency also enabled the Republicans to eliminate the Glass-Steagall Act which in time led to 2008 near collapse of our financial system. Back then too many Democrats were too caught up in playing defense from False Equivalency to stop that bad idea. God forbid the big players in the media should push back on the selfish desires of Wall Street somebody might lose a seven figure job or two.
There is a silver lining from the 24 billion dollar shutdown debt ceiling debacle. The ray of sunshine from this recent darkness is that it has taken the political center out of their comfort zone, and they want some real answers. The truth can be a bitter pill but swallowing, it is better than for example enduring another financial disaster.
The Tea Party’s fight to destroy Obamacare has clearly revealed that they want power at any cost even if it means greatly damaging our country. This is not something that even the most politically apathetic will soon forget. The media should be making sure people don’t forget this pain instead of looking for the next story to hype. The Tea Party delusionals have been completely exposed to those who take their politics from the center as reckless, irresponsible, apparently delusional, and extremely dangerous.
The good news is Americans will do the right thing if the truth is made clear to them. The bad news is they hate to admit they are wrong about a politician once they have voted for them. Now that the latest possible financial disaster has opened many eyes, its time for the blogosphere, the anti-enablers of the media, activists, and anyone who cares about righting the good ship USA to use this crystallizing moment to let the world know that the media’s use of False Equivalency has played a key role in systematically dismantling what was once a functioning democracy.
Of course if you are a voter how about when the media is trying to blame both sides for a problem, don’t assume they know what they are talking about. The Dems make their share of mistakes such as the Obamacare rollout. However, try to also keep in mind that what could be a political misdemeanor is not a political felony just because the media says it is.