And it’s not just because I find Arianna Huffington’s unreflective self-righteousness off-putting. It’s the constant pandering to political bias that bothers me.
We all have biases. The dream of unbiased media is impossible. Since perspective is inherent in communication, it’s probably not even a sensical concept. But even if we escape from bias, there’s no need to jump into it. And there’s no respectable reason to distort or exaggerate a story, simply to prove how biased you are.
Take this story, for example:
Did Bill O’Reilly say that? Yes. Shocking! In fighting on the political right! Except, what he actually said was:
Sarah Palin needs to go to college. Political college, world affairs college, and she is. She’s hired a bunch of advisers and they’re giving her a whole bunch of tracks to learn, because it is a sophisticated deal.
Oh. That’s not even a real story. It’s almost like the Huffington Post is trying to make a scandal out of nothing. And that’s reprehensible no matter whose political ally you are.