Class Warfare Blog

March 6, 2020

False Dichotomies

The corporate news world has a secret weapon . . . that being fairness. Even Fox (sic) News labeled itself as being “Fair and Balanced” for many years (but have stopped using that tag line, which means . . .).

Here is how it goes: a “news” program brings on a guest who decries man-made climate change. Then out of “fairness,” they bring out a guest who thinks man-made climate change is hooey. That’s fair, right? Both sides of the “debate” get their argument heard.

But if one were to have scientists as guests in this scenario, roughly 97% of climate scientists, the ones who have actually studied the scientific problem, have one view (It’s real, bitches.) and only 3% think that it is not man-made or not primarily man-made. To be “fair” you would put 97 white balls in a fish bowl and three black balls and pull one ball at random each time you had a climate change scientist as a guest. If you got a white ball, you selected a scientist of the 97% cohort and if a black ball a scientist of the 3% cohort.

If one were to use the global population as a guide, roughly (Pew polling numbers) 68% believe climate change is a major threat, 20% believe it is a minor threat, and 9% believe it is not a threat.

But this is not enough of an advantage to the advocates for the status quo, that is the people who are making money hand over fist doing business the way things are now. So, the dichotomy became a dichotomy of view points. Guest A representing one view, and Guest B representing the opposite view, no matter whether those views are representative of the population of experts.

But, wait, there is more!

Often the view favored by the plutocrats is presented by a doctor of something or other: medical doctors, dentists, engineers, etc. Medical doctors are preferred because they are given the honorific title of “Doctor” even though their doctorate is not at all germane to the discussion under way. Consider as an example Doctor Ben Carson. But the use of the title “doctor” lends credence to the position of the person speaking, even though it is not applicable. Professors are called “Professor” even when what they profess isn’t the subject at hand.

This is yet another reason why I do not watch televised/computerized news programs. Their objective isn’t getting at the truth of a matter, their object is . . . just what is their objective, do you think?

10 Comments »

  1. Satisfy those who fund their station?
    Sensationalism – increase their viewership.

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    Comment by Arkenaten — March 6, 2020 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  2. The object of course is to play their part in the shit show. Every news outlet has a slightly different cant on each situation. But I’d say at least some* of them do base their content on reality. But I admit after the first few minutes I can’t listen to the talking heads anymore.

    *Except Faux News and I’m aware of a couple other fairly new Faux News wannabees. Also should make note of the Limbaughs and the Jones types who are bottom dealing in horse shit simply for the sake of keeping the morons stirred up.

    I could sure use a Dragnet, “just the facts ma’am” news station.

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    Comment by shelldigger — March 6, 2020 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  3. Hah! Steve,

    Though your question at the end is an excellent, provocative question, you know as well as I do the answers will NOT produce the quantitative or quality truths, not from a poorly educated populace. Let me just point out one reason why…

    For the last 2-3 decades the nation as a whole (average) has denied and/or retarded their investments/funding into public educations on ALL THREE academic levels: primary (pre-K to 6th grade), secondary (7th – 12th grades), and under-grad (13th – 17th levels, or Bachelor degrees). And instead over the same time-period moved it substantially into PRIVATE schooling (all grade levels up to Masters & PhD’s) and CHARTER schooling (pre-K to 12th grade).

    What that means over those decades are the intentional deterioration of quality BROAD-BASED curriculums—core subjects such as (Advanced?) Mathematics, (Advancing) Sciences, and (Advanced) Reading Comprehension—being taught by quality Educators, who by the way do and seek out higher-paying jobs/careers! Those positions are NOT in the U.S.’s educational system, especially public education because it has been in significant decline for over 30-years. Or what we teachers USED to live and work by 20-30 years ago “Teach them HOW to think, not what to think.” Sadly, that profound adage has been reversed. Which means in the end less advance sciences and mathematics (part of logic & critical-thinking) taught in our primary and secondary level classrooms in shrinking PUBLIC campuses. Those core subjects/skills are GREATLY deemphasized in private schools and institutions, particularly religious affiliated campuses.

    Read this 2017 article from the Pew Research Center:

    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/

    Therefore, when you explain in your post here a threatening problem/concept about our very means of existence and/or survival as a species… requiring mid-level logic (or higher), critical-thinking, critical-analysis, problem-solving methodologies, biased vs. unbiased, etc, etc, you are speaking to and asking the majority of our population today things they/we are ill-equipped to answer correctly or with any REAL and TANGIBLE truths!

    However, ask most of them what Easter or Christmas signify and symbolize, or better yet, all the latest techy, social-media trends, or DC-Marvel characters in films and they will and can talk your ears off!!!

    Am I making my point? 😉

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — March 6, 2020 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • Yes, very much so. we are distracting our young into a trivial future in which they will be powerless (knowledge is power).

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 10, 2020 @ 10:23 am | Reply

      • Exactly. Keep the/us Herd/Cattle useful, productive, and ignorant of what really happens thru those roundup pens, chutes, and inside butcher barns. This has been humanity’s M.O. The religiously-appointed nobility and ruling class have used that system of control since at least we began moving from hunter-gatherers to systemic agriculturalists in the Neolithic Revolution.

        Over 95% of the “kingdom” were illiterate so the “Divinely appointed(?)” 😆 kings and queens and scribes were thought to have miraculous powers of appointment… after all, they could “understand” letters on stones or papyri from the god(s). Woooo, spooky stuff! When that form of mass control declined, enter increasingly fancy, ridiculously complex biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, e.g. the Holy Trinity!? 🤣 I mean, WTF!?

        Now it is the 21st century and the synagogues, churches, and mosques STILL sell this scam and poorly educated masses swallow it up hook, line, and sinker. That’s why Islam is spreading like weeds and wildfire soon overtaking Christology as the world’s #1 religion—it takes inside cultures and regions of poverty and little-to-no quality education just like Christology did inside the Roman Empire.

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — March 10, 2020 @ 11:21 am | Reply

        • Couldn’t agree more. No matter how a religion was promulgated, the elites, both secular and religious, said “Gollee, we can use this puppy to get a pretty soft life! You in?” and when the secular “rulers” asked this question, the religious elites all said yes. (Christian leaders fell all over themselves sucking up to the Romans when Roman state power was in the offing.) And the same occurred when the religious elites ask that question of the secular rulers. Obviously when they were one and the same people, the question didn’t need asking. This was a natural fall out in that you would have to be pretty stupid to pick the next most (or the most) powerful segment of society to quarrel with. Better to join forces than to go to war. That way, they could have killed the Golden Goose.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — March 10, 2020 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

    • Sorry, I lost this comment in my feed … and yes, you are correct. I have always been too optimistic, but then if I am going to err ….

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 23, 2020 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  4. Sorry Steve, my original comment had two hyper-links embedded so it got kicked into Moderation. After releasing it you can delete this comment Sir. Thanks! 😉

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — March 6, 2020 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  5. We should shut down industry in the United States. Set an example for the rest of the world. When we return to medieval living, the other 1st world nations will follow suit.

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    Comment by John Branyan — March 6, 2020 @ 5:15 pm | Reply


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