Decoding False Equivalence

Examining whether there’s evidence of a liberal media and how strategy game frame leads to false equivalencies, through the lens of Trump/Russia and this whole President Obama wiretap stuff.

Also: did you know ABC spent 9 minutes on Mermaids?

NOTE: In the episode, we speak about the ideological spread in the various Sunday shows and when we talk about 150%, we are talking about a 2:3 ratio. When we mention the 250%, we’re talking about a 2:5 ratio. So not 250% more, but rather that republicans have 250% the representation that the liberals enjoy.

  9 comments for “Decoding False Equivalence

  1. Holly
    March 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Love your new podcast! Staying informed is truly hard work. Trying to find balance between the day to day and keeping your eyes open is hard to do. It’s also hard not to become completely terrified!!! Go Decode and go Rachel Maddow!!

  2. richard
    March 12, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Can you make it avaikable on the stitcher app ?

    • Jamie Jeffers
      March 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      We’ve had problems with Stitcher for the BHP (they keep corrupting our files for some reason), so we’re trying to avoid their platform.

  3. gregory
    March 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    First episode was fantastic. I so wish that this subject was taught in school.

  4. William
    March 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I understand this is a new podcast, but what is your purpose of the podcast? The second cast doesn’t truly follow the first in the intent, though there is a relationship. Is your goal to guide me the listener to political news since you believe it is important? I see you didn’t value ABC’s item about mermaids, but isn’t this a part of the news, too? Mundane and less important that what you chose to cover. As a person who gathers my news from paper, television, the web (online news), and radio, the news you focused on isn’t what I want to hear about all week long. I want variety whether it is mermaids (or not), some good deed, political issues, or sports.

    • Jamie Jeffers
      March 13, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      I’m a bit confused. Were you hoping for a critical analysis of Mermaid conventions, and were disappointed that we see political news as more important?

  5. March 16, 2017 at 3:24 am

    I have a suggestion. Please post some references on the website for the general points you make. This is a more useful place than on twitter for archival purposes. For example, for this episode, you might list The Myth of the Liberal Media, by Edward Herman, The Media Monopoly, by Ben H. Bagdikian, Manufacturing Consent, by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News, by Eric Alterman, and The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media, by Norman Solomon.

    • Meagan Zurn
      March 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      This is a brilliant idea! Thank you – I will have references/further reading up for the previous episodes in the next few days.

  6. Tanya
    March 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Love the podcast!

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