Sadly, journalists never stop to think that maybe the public is not as stupid as they are telling themselves. It is just possible that readers are simply tired of the unending idiocy that print journalists are trying to sell them in lieu of information. From Douthat and Fish at the New York Times who have no news to report and sell us their ideology instead, to countless articles based on quasi-scientific studies selling the same kind of conservative ideology that we have already received from Douthat and Fish*, readers hardly have a place to turn for actual news reporting.
For a while, I encountered a safe haven from this kind of unscrupulous journalism in magazines like The Nation, which was always known for its authors' great writing style, a fair and balanced (pun intended) tone of its publications, and the profoundly informative nature of its articles. To my chagrin, The Nation is slowly transforming itself into yet another publication that puts out whatever kind of crap it feels like at any given moment forgetting about fact-checking, integrity, and the far-reaching consequences of writing about certain politically charged subjects.
The most recent example of this unfortunate tendency in The Nation is an article by Carl Schreck titled "Road Rage Russian-style." Not only is the article filled by statements that grossly misrepresent the current political
situation in Russia, it ends with the following gem of journalistic analysis:
Car ownership is so closely associated with masculinity here that a Russian man who can't diagnose car problems or tinker under the hood may as well be a eunuch.This statement is extremely ridiculous on a variety of levels. In terms of car ownership per capita, Russia occupies the 52nd place in the world, which places it after
* I have blogged on numerous occasions about this type of journalism: