With the federal government grinding to a halt this week, the specter of false equivalency rose up around the media landscape. The Atlantic’sJames Fallows talked to Brooke about his quest to have the media stop over-prizing ‘objectivity’ and start communicating reality.
The Atlantic’sJames Fallows believes that the failures we’re seeing in the sequestration coverage suggest a larger problem with our political system and the press that’s supposed to cover it. Fallows tells Bob that our press isn't comfortable playing referee, but they might need to start.
In pursuit of balance, there is a journalistic inclination to shy away from fact-checking in favor of reporting both sides of a debate. Brooke reflects on fact-checking assertions made at the Republican National Convention, and talks to The Atlantic's James Fallows who says that Journalists are - slowly and painfully - becoming more courageous in embedding fact-checks in their stories.
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