Monday, June 18, 2012
Assistant To the Quote of the Day
"The thing that I worry about more is the media’s bias toward fairness. Nobody uses the word lie anymore. Suddenly, everything is 'a difference of opinion.' If the entire House Republican caucus were to walk onto the floor one day and say 'The Earth is flat,' the headline on the New York Times the next day would read 'Democrats and Republicans Can’t Agree on Shape of Earth.' I don’t believe the truth always lies in the middle. I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of 'fairness' is what’s troubling to me... It seems very important that if someone on the right in the news screws up in a really bad way, that the media find someone on the left who screwed up in some kind of way so that we can have a 'One From Column A, One From Column B' kind of situation. And that if there are five from Column A, there can’t be only three from Column B, because then they’ll be accused of liberal bias."
-- Aaron Sorkin in New York Magazine Online's "Vulture" section
Jesus, I feel like I've heard this exact sentiment expressed somewhere before -- although nowhere near as articulately.