Fair and Balanced? Bare and Fallacious?
Good politics requires fair and balanced coverage. Covering both political parties is fair, but balancing coverage by giving weight to bad politicians, bad ideas, and bad practices is bare and fallacious.
And Mr. Trump is far from being the only current political figure who benefits from the determination to find balance where none exists. Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, has a reputation as a policy wonk, committed to fiscal responsibility, that is utterly incomprehensible if you look at the slapdash, fundamentally dishonest policy documents he actually puts out. But the cult of balance requires that someone on the Republican side be portrayed as a serious, honest fiscal expert, so Mr. Ryan gets slotted into that role no matter how much a con man he may be in reality.
bothsidesism isn’t new, and it has always been an evasion of responsibility.
Both Sides Now? http://nyti.ms/2a9Bzyq