Republicans Still Playing the False Equivalency Game

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Sen. Ben Sasse. (R. Neb.) (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia)

I just can’t with Republicans. Even if they’re writing an article with salient points, they throw in a phrase that makes no sense. And that’s when I stop reading and refuse to share it. I read an Atlantic piece by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.,) who was decrying the growth of fake news and disinformation. It was all good until he claimed MSNBC and CNN were the mirror version of FOX News.

“The underlying economics that drive Fox News and upstarts such as One America News to cultivate and serve ideologically distinct audiences also drive MSNBC, CNN, and The New York Times,” said Sasse.

This is a false statement. OAN and FOX News both print blatant lies and conspiracy theories. That’s the reason why OAN is currently being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for broadcasting lies about election fraud. They retracted the stories, a few days before they were sued. But by then the damage was done. FOX News had to settle with the family of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer killed in a mugging. For years, FOX News ran stories claiming his death was part of a sinister plot.

I also read a Washington Post article by former GOP representative Will Hurd. He pointed out the flaws in the modern GOP. But towards the end of the article, he accused Democrats of being “far-left socialists!” And this is why I can’t take them seriously. There is a small far-left wing of the Democratic party led by people such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but they’re a minority.

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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