Charlie Martin makes a fair observation. For my part, I wish the family of the addict would stop denying the addiction.
Co-dependent addiction on the part of the addict’s family (readers, consumers of media) takes the following familiar forms:
- Claiming that media generally does an acceptable job when in fact — objectively — it does not. See, for example, Sharyl Attkisson’s list of 111 media mistakes, which Martin links to. Or, better yet, read Mark Levin’s book, “Unfreedom of the Press.” Media malfeasance is well documented in our time in these and many other sources.
- Claiming that media content is invalid or false for no better reason than the identity of the source of the content. This claim is obviously fallacious, for the simple reason that a bad newspaper, for example, may well publish a good (meaning factually accurate and important) article.
- Accepting without skepticism what one’s own preferred media outlet has to say. In my experience, this type of sheep-like behavior most commonly occurs among consumers of content produced by the NYT and WAPO, but FOX News consumers and others are not immune.
I don’t mean to suggest we have met the enemy and it is us, but to the extent that Martin’s observation is true, the co-dependency observation is true, as well.