The Right-wing media are full of vitriol.
They’ll mock the President’s policies or the Republicans who support them.
And that’s OK.
We can’t let them dictate our national dialogue.
We’re not the same country as them.
In fact, it’s time for a new approach.
We should be a more open society and a more diverse place.
That means the right-wing is not only wrong, it can be counterproductive.
The media are too often guilty of sensationalizing right- wing rhetoric and the news cycle is full of hyperbolic stories about threats to our national security, even if they’re only tangentially related to Israel.
That is not a productive way to build a more robust national discourse.
And if you want to avoid the cycle of hyperbole and sensationalism, the right has its own media outlets.
For instance, there is the Washington Times, the New York Times and the New Yorker.
These outlets are not immune from being the target of right-leaning media criticism.
In this piece, I’ll highlight three examples of the kinds of coverage the Right is routinely subjected to on the Right.
The first, from the Weekly Standard, is typical of the Right’s hyperboles: The Obama Administration has a new plan to make the U.S. the world’s biggest gun buyer and the world has a bad time, especially when it comes to gun control.
The president’s latest proposal would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The NRA’s response: “I think that’s nonsense.”
This is the most offensive attack on the administration in decades.
It’s a perfect example of the kind of hyperventilation we should avoid.
But it’s not the only example of right wing media hyperbole.
The second, from Bloomberg View, is even worse.
They are wrong to believe that President Obama is on the right track in foreign policy.
They believe he is.
But in reality, he is very different from other Presidents.
This is a classic example of how hyperbole can distort reality.
The third example comes from Fox News.
Their story is even more hyperboliastic.
The President wants to increase the number of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
They say that President Biden would “expand” the troop levels.
In reality, this is a totally different goal.
The goal of the U and NATO is to defend our allies and partners.
So it’s a totally distinct goal.
This kind of talk is a major problem because it’s used to push an agenda and push the agenda of the far right.
The fact is, we are not in Afghanistan anymore.
This article first appeared at The Daily Beast.
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