One of these things is not like the other, ctd.

Posted: January 11, 2011 in AZ, MSM, Non-AZ, Rep. Gabriel Giffords, The Media

Media Matters made a great point yesterday about this false equivalency garbage.  No matter how many times the MSM compares apples and oranges, they’re still apples and oranges.

First, drawing false equivalence is not only “taking sides,” it’s taking the wrong side. There’s a tendency to think that saying “both sides do it” is the way to avoid taking sides in a dispute (and that avoiding taking sides is imperative). But when saying “both sides do it” requires drawing a false equivalence, the speaker is taking sides — on behalf of the people responsible for the greater sin. A journalist’s imperative is telling the truth, not creating the false impression of neutrality by equating unequal things.

Also re: the both sides meme….there is a great list of hate speech and violence listed at:  http://bit.ly/eLvhMP
and at:  http://bit.ly/gLdNsj

And here’s a list of hate speech and incidents supposedly from the left (I haven’t verified the incidents in this list):
http://bit.ly/gyopcH

One thing to note about Malkin’s list…the acts taken by supposed lefties amounts to throwing pies and removing campaign signs.  On those items where an assault was reported, 3 were legitimate (the punch in FL and an anti-war protester fighting w/ police both in 2004 and another incident of aggravated stalking of a Bush supporter in 2005).  On some of the other assaults, the alleged attackers said that they were attacked by those on the right first.  So the other incidents aren’t clear at all.  In essence we have some hate speech that only those on the right have seen or made note of and 3 incidents where no one was really hurt.  Now compare that with the amount of hate speech coming from Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Boehner, Bachmann, Cantor, Gingrich, etc and their level of vitriol.  Now here’s the real kicker….how many acts of violence have occurred?  The number and seriousness of what has been occurring on the right far outstrips what has come from the left.

Seriously!?!   A punch versus murder of 6 people?  Just the same, sure.

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