Politics is ugly – But at least we can be honest about who we are.
Let’s face it: politics is ugly. It’s all slash and burn for the improvement of one’s position. It’s a take no prisoners, winner take all proposition. If it were a sport, it’d probably be bare-knuckle boxing. It’s fast moving, deceptive, and sometimes the hits are below the belt.
So, around here we aspire to ditch the pretext. We’ll call a spade a spade – at least as we see it. So in the spirit of full disclosure, and while we endeavor to behave fairly and analyze issues from the center, the truth of the matter is we lean left.
There, we said it. You can assume that as liberals who identify more with the views of the Democrats than Republicans, our opinions will be tainted by our world view. So read on and feel free to comment, but know that you’re reading the views of a liberal blogger.
We wish everyone in the media were so forthcoming. Full disclosure would allow people to read with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with today’s openly deceptive media culture where stations like Fox News shamelessly proclaim ‘fair and balanced’ coverage when we all know it’s hogwash. The only people who don’t know are those too stupid to vote in the first place (although of course they still do). And by the way, we’re equally ready to acknowledge that the left has its champions in the media. It’s not like Fox is the only egregious version of a deception news outfit.
The central concept that news should be unbiased is in itself a flawed ideology. News cannot ever be unbiased because news isn’t reported by disinterested observers. It’s reported by human reporters who are (generally) more knowledgeable than the public at large. At the end of the day, reporters are people and people have bias. And so news is biased absolutely.
In our view, news should proclaim their bias. Fair labeling, so to speak. Truth in advertising. That’s what we try to do here at Politi.us. We’re proud of our openly progressive bias. We’re not ashamed to admit it exists and we don’t pretend to be something we’re not. We just wish everyone else would follow suit.