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Attn. D.C. Reasonoids! Come See Matt Welch Debate Franklin Foer and Gabriel Sherman Tonight About "How Fox and MSNBC Are Transforming American Politics"!

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'cuz it's always either one or the other!

Tonight beginning at 6 PM at Policy Lounge (yes that's the kind of name they give to bar/restaurants around here), I will be participating in a boozy panel discussion, organized by the New America Foundation, entitled "Red Channel, Blue Channel: How Fox and MSNBC Are Transforming American Politics." From the New America write-up:

The success of Fox News—measured in terms of viewership, profits or influence—has been impressive, so it's not surprising that a more traditional news operation like NBC has sought to emulate its preaching-to-the-choir approach, at least on cable TV.   This partisan TV trend, moreover, reflects the broader "sorting out" in our culture, in which consumers of news and information increasingly create virtual communities of like-minded souls, catered to by like-minded content providers.

Seriously, "Tell Me Why" is a bottom-five Beatles song. ADMIT IT.

For better or for worse, the notion of impartial sources of news and information that curate "the truth" for Americans of all political persuasions is becoming an anachronism.   Is the trend towards more partisan TV fostering higher levels of civic engagement, as some have argued?  Or is it contributing to a nastier, zero-sum form of political discourse?  

Come ponder these questions over cocktails and conversation featuring New America Schwartz Fellow and New Republic Editor Frank Foer, New York Magazine Contributing Editor Gabriel Sherman (the author of a forthcoming book on Fox News which will be published by Random House in 2013) and Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine.

Should run until at least 8 PM; there's RSVP info at the link. Come on out to 1904 14th Street, NW and join the hecklers!

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  1. New York Magazine Contributing Editor Gabriel Sherman (the author of a forthcoming book on Fox News which will be published by Random House in 2013) and Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Reason magazine.

    Hey Matt, have you ever thought of writing a book?

    (Man, it just never gets old… oh wait…)

    1. I don’t know if Matt could handle a whole book by himself, maybe he could get Nick to help. But what could they possibly write about?

      1. Well they are libertarianism’s answer to Trinny and Susannah, so maybe something sartorial

  2. Didn’t you, like, write a book or something?

  3. “For better or for worse, the notion of impartial sources of news and information that curate “the truth” for Americans of all political persuasions is becoming an anachronism.”

    This objective, impartial fantasy news never existed in the first place.

  4. It’s not the bias that’s the problem, it’s the level of douchebaggery that each side goes to in presenting the news for their side. As it is now, news shows spend 10 minutes reporting the news and 50 minutes talking about why the other team are assholes for letting whatever bad thing happen.

  5. In my experience their news shows usually present a guest analyst from each side that talk about why the other team are assholes for letting whatever bad thing happen. A and that occurs a lot less frequently than 50/60. I think their news reporting is not that bad and the commentary during their news presentations is reasonably balanced. I’d be interested to know what is biased about the reporting of, say, Brett Baier, Carl Cameron and Candy Crowley – three very professional, reasonably objective reporters, IMO.

    The problem lies in their insufferable opinion shows and it is here that the douchebaggery is standard fare – and it goes on 60 minutes of every hour. My opinion is based on watching only Fox and CNN; I don’t watch MSNBC because their opinion douchbags are so much worse than even Hannity and O’Reilly, whose douchebaggery is world class.

    1. I generally watch Fox, and catch O’Reilly as much as I can but I avoid Hannity like the plague. I can say you’re absolutely right about MSNBC though, I tried watching O’Donnell and Shultz at various times and couldn’t last more than 5 minutes. Granted I usually feel like throwing something at the TV watching O’Reilly but the level of insanity there never quite seems to reach MSNBC level. Except for maybe when Laura Ingraham is guest hosting.

  6. Sometimes you jsut have to stand up and shout, Whos your Daddy!

    http://www.Net-Anon.tk

  7. Another debate live from inside the Sarlac.

    1. In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a thousand years

  8. Rawr! I never thought about it liek that dude.

    http://www.Net-Anon.tk

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