Disinterested Headline of the Day

As you know, the Obama Justice Department last week unleashed "by far the most serious federal attack on online poker to date." Yesterday's headline on the issue from the "disinterested" New York Times? "Foreign Money Fuels Faltering Bid to Push Online Poker."

This allows me to illustrate a point I neglected in yesterday's post about John Judis. I agree with the Judis that the goal and self-mythology of disinterestedness in journalism can be important, and can sometimes lead to a quality of product superior to what comes from those who wear their bias on their sleeve. Critics who fail to see the distinction between bias and agenda, I have written early and often, are hobbling their own literacy. But 1) the presumed quality advantage of the aspirationally impartial is not remotely automatic (The Economist has been better than ostensibly impartial Newsweek for all my adult life), and more importantly, 2) the whole concept of non-ideology is shot through, from head to toe, with ideology.

Much more on that last concept here. Thanks to Ken Basart for the NYT tip.

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  • Mike M.||

    The NYT is basically correct though regarding what this whole kerfuffle is really all about. American discretionary gambling money is going to the furriners instead of staying in Atlantic City and Vegas, and our government doesn't like that. So much for "free trade".

  • PIRS||

    And yet the administration does not mind loaning money to Brazil to drill for oil off of its coast while denying companies the right to do that very thing off of our coast.

  • ||

    So this makes the NY Times racists. Oops.

  • ||

    I suggest that the on-line gambling sites integrate pornography into the gambling experience. That should end any DOJ prosecutions.

  • PIRS||

    Like "Naked News" is actually a legitimate news website, not pronography. It is "News with Nothing to Hide". Just hard hitting reporting.

  • ||

    Sure. News, gambling, and nakedness. That way, you get First Amendment protections twice.

  • peachy||

    Call it a church, and triple your protection - and be tax-exempt too.

  • ||

    A church where people gather to redress their grievances!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    This goes more toward Balko's theory that the mainstream press isn't so much liberal as statist.

  • Otto||

    If the government controls everything, they only have to go one place to get the news.

  • cynical||

    Or progressive, which is shaping up to be roughly the opposite of liberal these days.

  • ||

    But gambling freedom is bad for you.

  • CatoTheElder||

    "Foreign Money Fuels Faltering Bid to Push Online Poker."

    Free people in foreign countries are able to play online poker. Only countries like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Peoples Republic of China, and the United States of America block the Internet and effectively forbid their citizens from engaging in this form of recreation.

    In a sense, the headline is correct. Foreigners are trying to liberate the United States of America from a repressive regime and to encourage a civil society instead.

    It really sucks to be a victim of a repressive government, and these foreigners are trying to help.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Oh, and unlike the way the USA tries to liberate swarthy Muslim people who live atop oil fields, these foreigners aren't dropping bombs or supporting violent revolutions.

  • Jim||

    How would one go about contacting them to see if they would be interested in supporting a violent revolution?

  • ||

    And unlike the way Swarthy Foriegners treat the people they blame for corrupted morals, the US didn't decapitate anybody over poker

  • Mike M.||

    But they say we're the "Land of the Free"!

  • Robert||

    Why doesn't someone market a poker program that anyone can install on a server and play online with any group of people they want? The program can be hash-identified for alterations from the legitimate one in case any player suspects rigging.

  • Rock Action ||

    In this context, is the difference between agenda and bias akin to accusing a person of deliberate intent as opposed to having a false consciousness?

    I read all the links, and I'm coming away uncertain about the distinction.

  • Paul||

    I agree with the Judis

    I see what you did there...

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