The echo chamber is a phemenon well established on the Left and the Right. People on the Right have the Drudge Report, FoxNews, and a host of other websites… People on the Left have the Huffington Post, MSNBC, NYTimes, CNN, the Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, and… Medium?
Thanks for the oft repeated false equivalency. Newspapers may have an editorial bias, but the news section stays much closer to journalistic standards of simply finding and reporting the facts.
On the other hand Drudge, Fox and right wing websites specialize in spreading rumors and creating so much controversy the reaction by the public and politicians gets covered by the media.
As a matter of fact, the long respected tradition of reporting what each side says on an issue has created an atmosphere where one side (usually yours) can make the most outrageous statements possible and they are given equal weight with the other side reporting the facts.
Just look at the stories you listed. You can’t even differentiate between informational stories (an interview with Justin Wilson, a budget analysis of Trump’s travel expenses, an analysis of the physics of bullets) recommendations by experts (how to fight the war on science and win, Libraries & Immigration Actions) and opinion pieces (How to persuade a Trump Supporter, Post-Trump Rehabilitation of Don Lemon, How Technocratic Hyer-Rationalism has Birth Right Wing Extremism).
Assuming you are a rational person, I have to ask why you would feel threatened by the existence of informational stories. If you are a Libertarian, you might agree with me that the Patriot Act’s library provision constitutes a horrible threat to our civil liberties and support the stance the libraries took to withhold records of their customer’s reading habits from Homeland Security. If you were a true fiscal conservative, you might be shocked at the amount of money wasted by the President’s constant golf weekends, as well as the millions it costs to guard the first lady in New York. And if you were a parent wouldn’t you have the slightest interest in gun safety?
If I were a conservative, I would probably disregard the other articles, because we all have confirmation bias. And who the hell cares about Don Lemon?
I wish you could post something that shows “articulate thinking,” but you can’t even write four paragraphs without dropping into ad hominem attacks on Medium readers, calling us the “Che Guevera (sic) choir.”
As far as your arguments, I won’t waste a lot of time deconstructing each one, but there are a few major holes in your logic which would allow the passage of a number of oil tankers.
Russia 1: You can point to voting statistics all you want to claim there was no Russian influence. But you can’t ignore the ties between the Russians, Trump’s business dealings and the Trump campaign. The idea of a foreign government having any ties to anyone in government is an act of war by them that must be stopped. If those ties indicate that Trump’s policies have had an adverse affect on this country, it’s treason. If Clinton won and our roles were reversed, I would expect the same type of investigation, and would be just as outraged by any attempts to obstruct justice.
Russia 2: You conveniently ignore the effects of the Supreme Court’s ruling that invalidated much of the Voting Rights Act. While I disagree with the vast majority of policy ideas set forth by the Republican party, one has to recognize and respect their organization and ingenuity in gaining and keeping power at every level except nationally.
The GOP have been masters in the use of gerrymandering, voter suppression and intimidation, and controlling the conversation through linguistics. There is more than enough evidence that Republican voter suppression efforts disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters across the country. North Carolina Republicans were bragging about their efforts in public. Given the party’s organizational skills, it’s pretty clear that those efforts are written into the handbook of every state and local chapter across the country.
Here’s the man behind the idea. He’s not hard to find, so if you claim to be ignorant of your party’s main election strategy, that’s a testament to your own blindness.
EPA: I’m sorry, but linking to your own article which contains no links about the purpose of the EPA, Pruitt’s career in fossil fuels and his lawsuits against the EPA so his industry could avoid pollution laws does not provide much of an argument for your case. Your photo and caption have no link to a credible source. For all we know your example is as reliable as that North Korean video touting their missiles which contained launch footage taken from US submarines.
Muslims: While I agree we have a very serious problem with Muslim extremists, Trump’s travel bans are a joke. 15 of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis, and yet we have no travel ban against them. On the other hand, Iraqi Muslims who risked their lives as translators, were strictly vetted in order to live on US military bases, and whose families were threatened or killed by terrorists are being denied entry to our country.
Refugee ban trapped my Iraqi translator: Veteran
CLOSE Hunted by militias in Iraq, he was about to get his visa and immigrate to America. Now what? I was a U.S. Army…
(Fortunately, the Visa ban was amended days later, but the thought process and the potential damage caused by any delays is stupid at best, criminal at worst.)
In addition, intolerance and violence against US citizens in no way protects our country. If you want to single out Muslims, you might want to check on the number of native born white Christians who have engaged in terrorist attacks and hate crimes.
Fake News: Seriously? You listed tweets or blog posts as your main source of fake stories? Meanwhile, when you don’t list links to the original news articles, all you could be doing is copying and pasting a list by another right wing blogger with no fact checking.
Your claim about #38 is completely false. Here’s Trump’s : “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers and they’re having problems like they never thought possible,” Trump said Saturday evening during a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida.”
Trump's 'Last night in Sweden' comment fuels Twitter firestorm
Twitter users have been trying to figure it out: What happened in Sweden? With jokes about getting lost in an Ikea…
Let me spell this out for you. “Look what’s happening last night in Sweden” mean something happened in Sweden the night before. It’s a quote from his campaign rally. Here, maybe you don’t want to believe an article by Politico. How about a video? Skip to 44:22 to get to the exact quote.
Say what you will about us Che Guevarists. I read through your entire diatribe and answered every claim you made based on its merits and supporting facts. I’d love to see you do the same.