Not all things are related
I was a little troubled by Marek Warszawski’s “both-sides-ism” piece (Dec. 31). It’s a popular media trope that finds equivalence in things that aren’t really related. Truly, do you think the horrible, hateful, hurtful things some readers say about the deaths of children at the border are really the same as verbal pokes taken at the president’s campaign rally in Afghanistan?
Not long ago the media were issuing mea culpas regarding their year 2016 reporting failures. Those failures included: succumbing to both-sidesism, “but, what about (s)...”, and to false equivalencies — all effective tools in the sowing of chaos.
There are things that are right and just, and those that are not. While the media may get a pass for finding no moral authority worthy to interview and present a finding of what’s right and wrong in a story, there remains a difference. At the least, please do not state that there are equivalencies in stories when there are none.
I agree that there are many ways to consider most stories and issues. And that it is imperative to attempt to consider those many factors, and perhaps pursue common ground in conversation, if and when that ground is fertile.
– Gunnar Jensen, Fresno