A monthly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.
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In recent American history, the mainstream media has adhered to a "both sides" approach to covering politics. But as the Republican party has increasingly become skeptical of democracy and public participation in policy formation, this method is no longer useful as a way of determining the truth. In this episode, Eric Boehlert, founder and editor of PressRun.Media, talks with host Matthew Sheffield about where this attitude originated and why it persists. Boehlert also talks about how the rise of Donald Trump's anti-intellectualism has changed left-wing media in addition to right-wing outlets. [21:56] In recent years, several of Boehlert's former colleagues like Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi have begun seeking fame and fortune among Republicans while still claiming to be left-wing. Is it all about the money? Why don't they ever debate their mainstream left critics? Finally, Boehlert and Sheffield also discuss how, after several decades of regularly losing the national presidential popular vote, some Republican Americans have begun turning against their own country. Have conservatives become an anti-American movement? [47:23] Full episode transcript here: https://flux.community/matthew-sheffield/2021/08/why-obsolete-both-sides-journalism-persists-and-faux-left-pundits-who Related Links: Eric Boehlert's Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert Press Run's homepage: https://pressrun.media/ Boehlert's essay on Republicans trying to sabotage the war on Covid: https://pressrun.media/p/traitorous-gop-emerges-as-the-fifth If you liked the show, please subscribe, give us a good review on your favorite podcasting app, and spread the word on social media. We really appreciate it! Theory of Change is part of the Flux network, a non-profit news community featuring podcasts and in-depth articles about politics, religion, science, media, and technology. Please visit us at https://flux.community Matthew Sheffield's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattsheffield Theory of Change on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheoryChange SUPPORT THE SHOW PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/theorychange Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discoverflux If you're not able to support financially, please help us by subscribing and/or leaving a nice review on your favorite podcast app. Doing this helps other people find Theory of Change and our great guests. Thanks for your help!