Framing

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Anti-Vaxxers and the Lizard Brain

Dave Noon makes a very cogent observation about resistance to vaccination: Advocates will have to explain why, if the risks are so minimal, the packaging inserts for commercially available vaccines all warn of horrifying potential complications (with no reference to their statistical unlikelihood); or they’ll have to explain why the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System…

On Genetic Denialism

Mary Carmichael has a great video (and associated post) about the rise of genetic denialism–ridiculous arguments that ‘genes don’t cause disease.’* Carmichael offers two reasons why the argument is flawed; I’ll offer a third in a bit, but I do want to note one minor point of disagreement with Carmichael. If you go to roughly…

For anyone trying to make a living at blogging, including our Seed Media Overlords, one of the major hurdles is the poor pay of internet advertising compared to magazine and newspaper advertising. This is an accurate assessment of the problem (italics mine): I think the evidence for this dynamic is weaker than a lot of…

Anyone who follows politics regularly is aware of the phenomenon of the voter who “wants the government to stay out of my Medicare” (Medicare is a government program). But a huge fraction of recipients of government aid do not believe they have received government aid. I’ll get to why I think that’s the case in…

This should be the new Democratic talking point about tax cuts: We need to change the thinking. Taxes are not too high. Incomes are too low. If you are having problems paying your taxes then you need a raise, not a tax cut. Democrats need to practice this response to anyone talking about tax cuts.…

When Hippies Punch Back

I’m a little late to this, but Susie Madrak asked Obama advisor David Axelrod a very important question: Madrak asked, “I’m a blogger, and I don’t know if you know this term, but are you familiar with the term hippie-punching?” There was about a 15-second pause. “Go ahead,” said Axelrod. She continued. “Liberals and bloggers…

One of the things never discussed by ‘framers’ is anger. Anger, especially righteous anger, is a powerful motivation, yet progressives and Democratic political operatives seem oblivious to his. Thankfully, we have Lance Mannion to set us straight (italics original; boldface mine): The Democrats aren’t going to lose Congress because the Right Wingers are going to…

I’m no great fan of DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga, but I’m on his side over his calling his book about movement conservatives “American Taliban.” According to progressives such as Matt Yglesias, this title is unwarranted hyperbole*. Tristero explains to boychick Yglesias why the title works: Matt has described a dismaying number of ways in…

A Question for Alterman About Breitbart

In an otherwise excellent article about the Breitbart scandal/Sherrod non-scandal*, Eric Alterman writes the following: To be fair, Kurtz does come up with one legitimate example [of liberal excess]. He quotes MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, observing that Sherrod’s reputation had been “assassinated by Fox News”–which is undeniable–but who also referred to and “that scum Breitbart.” Olbermann…

This Sums Up My Thoughts on ‘Framing’

By way of a very good post about the Tea Parties by Amanda, I came across this post by Ta-Nehisi Coates about the NAACP’s call to the Tea Partiers to renounce the racists in their midst: I have, in my writing, a tendency to become theoretically cute, and overly enamored with my own fair-mindedness. Such…