To an extent that is true. But Republicans have dismissed virtually every historically credible entity as just liberalism engaged in a widespread conspiracy. Think about the things they dismiss as liberal bias: Network News (i am not talking about 24 hour news) Academic studies Sociological studies Watchdog organizations like the ACLU (who ironically is representing the KKK in a current case) and SPLC History professors School faculty Climate change experts (even those in other countries) Public universities and their professors in general
They have effectively demonized nearly every source for credible information as blanket liberalism. And thusly has successfully cut off any form of information outside themselves as "biased" and "untrustworthy". Then they roll out a "Fair and Balanced" moniker and people's only source of information that republicans can trust come from this one entity. They and their partners control the narrative without repercussions because anyone who challenges their information are liars, conspirators, haters, or crooks. They have set themselves up and operated very similarly to what you would see in Scientology or another powerful cult.
They are. The Law Enforcement Bill of Rights that have been pushing and getting passed in different states by the police unions is a joke. Makes is extremely difficult to properly investigate accusations or get police officers charged. That needs to change as well.
http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-problem-with-prosecuting-police-in-washington-state/ They may not control for prior records, but conviction rates and charges rates show that there is a huge discrepancy and that in general law enforcement is treated more lightly than general public
That is what both surprises me and bothers me. I read comments of many articles, because while there are crazy people, there at times are thoughtful and intelligent rebuttals to the article's author. What surprised me with LiveLeaks, Fox News, National Review was that there weren't a few crazies, it was about 90% racists or dismissive rhetoric. And you would think that if this was a minority view, there would be other commentors pushing back on the crazies, but there was absolutely zero pushback and in most cases the harshest racial rhetoric had the most upvotes on a board. That is bothersome anyway you look at it.
For the record I do think there is some liberal bias in the media. I always repeat Reagan's line "trust but verify" But much like there is a major difference in racial bias and overt racism, there is a huge difference between bias in the news and activism. The ladder in which I believe Fox News participates in knowingly.
Ideas for major changes have been posted on this board before. I have posted a few that I think would help. Status quo is no longer a viable option and I think most people on both sides of political ideology are starting to see that.
I was reading an article on the National Review the other day. Same thing in the comments section (or similar). Filled with dismissive comments or hints or outright discussion of black inferiority. I also find that Republican commentors (i will keep my misgivings there because not everyone that is a conservative comments on articles) have a fundamental misunderstanding of things like white privilege, microaggression, and stuff of the like. They feel it is an attack on their race or calling everyone racists, and thus easily and in cult like fashion dismiss it all as rampant liberalism. That last part is the important part. They have become like those weird cults you see on TV where things like academic reports, sociological studies, the CBO, etc. are all just haters or crazy liberals. How many times do you see cults accuse outsiders questioning them of their motivations. They are haters, conspirators, liars, or people out to get them. It makes it easier to stay in a bubble if they can dismiss all evidence to the contrary as blanket liberalism. Fox News and conservative entities gets their viewership by cultivating and molding that belief system. They are the Jim Jones of news and information world.
LOL PFT with egg all over their face and running down their fugging chin. I am not a big fan of Stephen A, but that article is filled with typical snark and patronizing tone that has become the common writing style of PFT. What a bunch of a-holes.