About that liberal media bias
Let’s review recent examples of liberal media bias shall we? Let’s see… the Liberal Media:
The blogger Billmon writes: “I don’t know if it’s a byproduct of decades of excessive exposure to television, the state of America’s educational system, or something in the water, but the ability of the average journalist — not to mention the average voter — to remember things that happened just a few short months ago appears to be slipping into the abyss. “If this keeps up, we’re going to end up like the villagers in “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” who all contracted a rare form of jungle amnesia, so virulent they were reduced to posting signs on various objects — ‘I AM A COW. MILK ME’ or ‘I AM A GATE. OPEN ME’ — just so they could get on with their daily lives.”
A 1991 science fiction film called Total Recall pictured political amnesia, in the words of Michael Rogin as “an essential aspect of the ‘postmodern American empire.'”
A book by Andreas Huyssen takes another tack, arguing, “Rather than blaming amnesia on television or the school, “Twilight Memories” argues that the danger of amnesia is inherent in the information revolution. Our obsessions with cultural memory can be read as re-representing a powerful reaction against the electronic archive, and they mark a shift in the way we live structures of temporality.”
But whatever the causes, the consequences are truly frightening. When 63 percent of young people can’t find Iraq on a map after three years of war and coverage, you know that the institutions that claim to be informing us are doing everything but.
Read the rest of Danny Schecter’s “Political Amnesia is the enemy.”