by Greg Krehbiel on 30 January 2014
I’ve thought for a while that the main point of a political (aka “news” or, when they’re more honest, “analysis”) show today is not to educate, but to make sure people are cocksure of “the right” opinions. A Maddow, or a Hannity, or an O’Donnell isn’t interested in explaining why their position is right. They just need to exude an infectious confidence.
“All sensible people believe this way.”
I see this sort of thing all the time, but I most often notice it in the confident attitudes people have towards global warming.
“Oh, some people think this cold spell contradicts global warming, but … no, that’s just the way it works.”
Sure. And the person saying that doesn’t know the difference between celsius and kelvin, believes there was “an ice age,” and that CO2 is higher today than it’s ever been.
It’s not reasonable to expect normal people to be experts on everything. We all have to rely on other people, and sometimes it’s hard to know who you can rely on. I get that. Everybody is being led around by the nose.
But I wish people at least recognized that’s what they’re doing — i.e., simply parroting the party line they’ve heard from “their sources.”
-- 2014-01-30 » Greg Krehbiel