Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Sinking To Their Level
I gotta say there's a bunch of really annoying lefty websites lately, ones posting articles with click-worthy headlines, pitching stories we all wish were true but which, when read, are empty, the titles having been dramatically misleading, the "story" nothing more than hearsay. It's starting to piss me off.
"Trump furious over something or other." "The final days of Trump's presidency or something." "White House in disarray after Mueller somethings a something."
I'd like to believe it all, but I don't need to be hooked into something that's unsourced hearsay bullshit. I'd like to believe liberals are a little smarter than that, and that they'd reject trumpic-level fakery. But it's not so: Facebook, for example, is full of links to those articles, posted, re-posted, garnering all sorts of "like"s. I'll assume the likers didn't bother to read the articles. Otherwise, they're at Foxolimjonesian levels of wishful thinking.
Are they deliberately false, just to raise hopes only to dash them? Are they cynical click-bait for ad revenue? Whatever the answers, "we" ought to be better than these useless places.
Here's a list of some of the worst bullshit liberal sites:
"Bluedotdaily dot com" "Progresstribune dot com" "Bipartisanreport dot com" And this bunch of bogosity: Occupy Democrats, PoliticsUSA, Blue Nation Review, Addicting Info, Liberalspeak. I guess it's not impossible any of them might on occasion post something useful, but they require reading with a high level of salinity and a low level of expectation.
Happily, there are plenty of reputable and intelligent liberal sites which do excellent original reporting of their own. A couple of the best are talkingpointsmemo.com and washingtonmonthly.com. Plus truthout.org, crooksandliars.com (which, if sometimes a little shady, has been known to link to my blog on occasion), thinkprogress.org, and, of course, Mother Jones.
And there's the best of the opinionators, Charles P. Pierce. That he happens also to be funny as hell is frosting on the apple.
No fan of bothsiderism, I have no problem with well-argued liberal-leaning sites: they're where reality is to be found. Which is why those superficial, shallow, low-standard, b.s. "liberal" places are so depressing. Actual, documentable, well-sourced truth is good enough, and all we need.
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