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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Thursday, January 12, 2012 :::

On the morning of December 29, I was driving and listening to the radio. A National Public Radio anchor, discussing assorted issues being considered by prospective voters in the New Hampshire primary, described a proposed “right-to-work” law as one that would enable employees to benefit from collective bargaining agreements without having to pay dues to the unions negotiating for them.

No further definition was offered, much less any elaboration of the possible benefits of “right-to-work” laws, which protect workers from compulsory union membership.
This reminds me of my last time listening to NPR on the radio (mentioned in the last three paragraphs there; I'll note that while I haven't listened to them on the radio since then, I have since listened to some NPR podcasts and I follow a link to their website sometimes).

It's been even longer since I listened to Rush Limbaugh (whose birthday is today, by the way), but I seem to remember that he would sum up the liberal case before contending that it was just an excuse to grab power. Some of the media sources I consult regularly are openly biased, but it would surprise me if any of them went so far as to imply that there weren't any fair-minded arguments being made on the other side. Of course, there's a selection issue there, in that if I were used to one of my sources operating that way, I probably wouldn't put a lot of time into them. But my point is that this is not merely the bias of people with a particular world-view letting that world-view color how they report a story - this is, in fact, pretty egregious, even on the scale of opinion journalism.

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