The Half-Truth Media

October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

John Micklin posted a link on his blog to a piece by James Fallows of Atlantic complaining about the way the news media reports on the President’s Jobs Bill.  Here is a link to Micklin’s comment, which contains an embedded link to Fallows’ comment.  I know this sounds a little “tech-heavy”, but it really isn’t too complicated.  I think Fallows’ complaint is valid and deserves a wide audience.

Reporters of the news can skewer a public figure with a stiletto so thin and sharp that he or she doesn’t perceive the wound until the bleeding starts.  An old friend, Lyman Jones, a veteran reporter,  told me once that all he had to do to wound the average politician was to quote him exactly.  George Lakoff, linguist and author of “The Political Mind”, wrote about reporters describing tax cuts as “tax relief”, as though taxation were some kind of disease instead of a sensible and fair way for citizens to pay for government services.   I found the above-referenced item interesting because it focused on a current example of this kind of reporting that had excaped my notice.

I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

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