Information Matters


Something worth mentioning about the White House pool report controversy is that one major cost the conventional American media bears in order to achieve its veneer of objectivity is tolerance of a pretty ridiculous level of policy ignorance. Which is how you get things like this embarrassing exchange between The Washington Post’s readers and a badly overmatched Washington Post financial reporter, who doesn’t seem to know anything about tax policy, or how to admit you’re wrong, or how to just confess ignorance of an issue.

After all, one of the easiest ways to avoid developing a “biased” view of longstanding political controversies is to never bother to take the time to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong. Conversely, if you read intelligent, well-informed people with the ability to write clearly you can often learn a great deal even if you don’t find that person’s point-of-view all that congenial or convincing.