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Roch Smith, Jr.

"In other words, the media should ignore his critics because they don't hold legitimate views."

That's a broad generalization, but the answer is: In some cases, yes.

Here's an current example. A Fox News anchor explains that her coverage of a blog post about the Obama campaign conspiring to do harm to Chelsea Clinton is a matter of Fox anchors working to "present both sides."

Conspiracy theories do not a side make and covering them as if they are one half of "both sides" is, indeed, the very definition of false equivalency. I'm sure you'll agree.


I do agree with that, but that isn't exactly what Obama was referring to. He was talking about elected officials and/or candidates for president, not random citizens making allegations or arguments.

I also recall CBS and Dan Rather with the phony documents about George W. Bush. That was a conspiracy theory, too.

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