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  • Objective Journalism vs. “Balanced” Journalism

    December 9, 2016

    David Burress

    Objective journalism means debunking falsehood and revealing the truth.   “Balanced” journalism aims at a far lower standard– it means giving equal time to truth and falsehood, being careful to make no judgement between them.   Profit-maximizing journalism, as practiced by the Mainstream Media, usually fails even that despicable test, insofar as falsehood sells more newspapers than truth. For ...

  • Firesale on Journalism Quality

    December 9, 2016

    David Burress

    The Kansas City Star had a long tradition of intensive investigative projects of national importance.  Their current stories on risky fire fighting practices are an unexpected return to form–sort of.   However the stories are presented in the Star’s more recent extra-long-winded style, with pages of anecdotal examples and human interest stories.  This style has several advantages ...

  • A Test for Your Egalitarianism

    December 8, 2016

    David Burress

    Homeless people are the most disempowered group of oppressed people I can think of. They don’t have any important organized pressure group of their own, which illustrates my earlier claim that you usually need identity politics if you want to establish laws against oppression.   If people who oppose identity politics want to prove they actually care ...

  • Media Doesn’t Get It in Their Hype on Fragility of Democracy

    December 7, 2016

    David Burress

    Representative democracy is a shaken institution world-wide. Anti-democratic right-populist forces have prevailed in Trumpism, Brexit, and the Italian reform defeat, and are advancing in many European countries, while tyrants are rolling back democracy in Turkey and the Philippines. Earlier, the Arab Spring had failed nearly everywhere except Tunisia.   And now the pundits are saying that democracy ...