Stelter featured two partisan commentators, Marc Lamont Hill and Ben Ferguson, to debate the divisiveness of the issue not as pundits but as “regular people” confronting the barrage of coverage.
The crux of the disagreement came over why the right had been so successful at getting the anti-Obamacare narrative to stick. Hill argued that it was because the so-called liberal media (of which MSNBC is a metonym) had been unsuccessful in forcefully countering Fox News’ drumbeat of criticism, while Ferguson said the narrative was a representation of a reality in which millions had their coverage cancelled.
Or it could be that supposedly non-partisan media has just given the fuck up, and now wishes for nothing more in a story than two equal opposites that can be listed together, thus absolving themselves of institutional responsibility for sorting out bullshit from not.
It could be that inviting partisan pundits on “opposing” sides to debate the issue of why the issue is so debatable is a fucking idiotic thing to do, the sort of thing you do when you don’t want to come to any sort of factual conclusion.
It could be that asking pundits to pretend to be regular people is stupdendously dumber than, I DON’T FUCKIN’ KNOW, interviewing some regular people about where they are getting their Obamacare information and why they are trusting the sources they have.
It could be that declaring MSNBC and Fox News the same “partisan media” thing and then having people on to lament that one half of that thing isn’t viciously anti-fact enough to adequately oppose the other vicious, anti-fact thing isn’t a contribution to the conversation at all.