Arianna Huffington and the New Left
Question: Who gets to judge what merits a ‘balanced opinion’?
Arianna Huffington: Well, there are two separate things here. One is that — I argue in the book that the Right versus Left way of looking at American politics is very obsolete, that in fact there are many positions which used to be called or considered Left Wing, which in fact are now in the Center of American politics, and very mainstream — like bring the troops home from Iraq, and universal healthcare, and doing something about corporate responsibility, global warming — all these issues are now mainstream with 60 to 70 percent approval ratings. So, the media have continued to deposit this false dichotomy of Right versus Left on practically every political issue. And the other problem is that when you look at the facts, and the evidence, it is not so difficult to realize where the truth lies. Then we can have a vigorous discussion about how to approach the problem, or what to do, but whether there is global warming, whether evolution is the fact, whether Iraq is a catastrophe — these are pretty clear answers.
Recorded on: March 9 2008
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