|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
One veteran was quoted as saying "No matter what your opinion on Iraq, you have to respect the soldiers who are over there."
The reporter then shifted points of view:
There may have been more reportage, and I may not have the words exactly right, because I swore and turned off the radio.
I object to the stupid and stereotyped manner in which broadcast media present contentious matters of policy, as if there were exactly two sides to each issue and that the public were always divided 50-50 between them. It's like pretending that you can view a landscape by closing one eye, looking at it for a few seconds, and then moving to the opposite end and taking another quick view with your other eye.
I object to the way in which the media manipulates the "balanced" ritual of opposing viewpoints for their own ends. The reporter balanced one person saying that America should not have invaded Iraq with another person saying that regardless of our views, we should support the troops there.
I am thankful that I live in an age where the broadcast media are not my only choices. I can benefit from the efforts of myriad reporters, fact-checkers, and critics.