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 It is fair to begin any discussion about mainstream media bias by acknowledging that it exists. It also is fair to continue that discussion with a recognition that a large chunk of the mainstream media is so hyperaware about the bias perception that it can have a tendency to overcompensate.This is not meant to be a completely unqualified statement. There are many exceptions. However, what happens very frequently when discussing this topic is that conservatives tend to...
I agree that the statement taken in isolation is not as clear as it could be, but what else do you think a place called the Tax Foundation is tracking, if not taxes? When a sentence starts, "the Tax Foundation found ...," I'm preparing for the next statement to be about a tax. I suppose someone could think they have a side business in tracking booze prices, but I assume most could figure out their mission.Moreover, when the sentence is directly followed by 1) a graphic...
Beyond the fact that you would have had over a week of seeing the media praise Republicans in one of the biggest national stories of the past several months if you didn't stop following until after the Dukes of Hazzard announcement, the point remains. You can't criticize the media for "never" giving Republicans credit when they get it right on race relations, if you admit that you don't pay attention when the media actually does give credit.Sure, random data points have...
This is my point. If you're going to critique the entirety of the media, you have to consume the media in its entirety. You can't just pick and choose when you find an article a few articles that fit your argument and conveniently stop reading when the articles stop supporting your argument. As for TV Land pulling the Dukes of Hazzard, I'm not sure what it has to do with the media's coverage of Republicans, but it was a clever little red herring to get us all thinking...
 Um ... have you not been watching or reading the news for the last few weeks? The media can't get enough of the Republicans who have supported removing state-sponsored Confederate flags in South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, etc.
 I purposefully provided a cross-section of articles, so I wouldn't be accused of cherry picking. On the other hand, you admit to reading only 1 of the 5 articles and then proceed to make a conclusion about the entire media based on your take on just the one article you read. At least make an attempt to read the articles before jumping to a conclusion about the entire media. Hell, you may even find more gems hidden in there to support the liberal media bias argument.  It's...
 That's actually just flat out wrong. The media has been talking about this topic considerably for over a year. Just a sampling from some of the usual suspects: WaPo: The 2016 Republican field might be the most diverse ever — for either partyhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/04/the-2016-republican-field-might-be-the-most-diverse-ever-for-either-party/ CNN: A more diverse slate of Republican presidential...
 You have some reasonable points to make about the government showing a declining interest in promoting stable families. More accurately, it's the government showing an increased interest in promoting things that have the unintended consequence of destabilizing families. Acknowledged. However, your final statement is not a logical conclusion from the rest of your comments. Let's use divorce as an example, because using your Obamacare example will not be productive for...
The government should be in the morality game less, but using marriage as an example why it should not be is not a great strategy. The government should stop restricting stuff like drug use, prostitution, and online poker (please, give me my online poker back!!!). But state-sponsored marriage, as imperfect as the system may be, has had a huge net positive impact on society. Could things be improved with it? Sure. But marriage is actually an argument for why the government...
 Magical? Not quite. However, basically every society recognizes marriage as a remarkable and unique relationship that is a critical component of a successful society. Accordingly, there are certain rights, benefits, and privileges that should only be afforded to these unique relationships and not just contracted. You may not believe this, and that's fine. However, this is an exceptionally common position. The fact that there is so much rancor over gay marriage shows just...
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