‘False Equivalence’ in Campaign Reporting

Hosting David Frum of the National Review on MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow Show (10/13/08), Maddow responds to the “axis of evil” inventor’s complaint of “an intensification of some of the ugliness of tone that has been a feature of American politics”:

I wonder if part of the problem, in the way that we haven’t moved through these things–we decry them on all sides, people, left, right and center, complaining about the tone in politics. But I sense also that there’s a devotion to coming up with a sort of false equivalence, the idea that bringing up John McCain’s experience in the Keating Five, for example, is somehow equivalent to calling Barack Obama somebody who pals around with terrorists.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!See FAIR’s Media Advisory: Ayers = Keating?: Media Falsely Balance Obama, McCain Attacks (10/10/08)