It’s safe to say that EJ Donmoyer and I don’t agree on much, but I share his concern about “useful idiots.” Mr. Donmoyer listed a dozen news outlets which he deems to be “untrustworthy,” including some of the most respected media sources in the world such as the New York Times, Washington Post and NPR. (Interesting that he didn’t mention Fox News, the subject of a famous survey which showed that its viewers were actually less informed about current events than people who don’t watch any news at all.)
Mr. Donmoyer seems to share Donald Trump’s view that any factual reporting that they don’t personally agree with is “fake news.” But truth has a liberal bias, since conservatives tend to resist any new data that challenges their orthodoxy. When conservatives said climate change wasn’t real, reporters who accurately reported the conclusions of climate scientists were dismissed as “liberal.” When conservatives claimed repeatedly that tax cuts for the rich would pay for themselves, it seemed liberal when media sources reported the truth that they never have and probably never will. When Trump made over 30,000 untrue or misleading statements during his presidency, the media’s truthful reporting of his falsehoods seemed liberal.
Given Trump’s brag about loving “the poorly educated,” I’d be very careful about accusing others of being “idiots.”
— Scott Paulo, Chico