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Fox News Hack Offers Wildly Dishonest Attack on AlterNet

What to do when reality gets in the way of your storyline? If you're MRC's Dan Gainor, you just ignore it.

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But it is only false equivalence, because the left and the right do not react similarly to adverse information. If the unemployment rate went up last week, liberals would be despondent. It went down, and conservatives cooked up a conspiracy theory that the numbers were being tampered with. EJ Dionne asked a pollster how people respond to adverse polling, and hereplied: “When you give conservatives bad news in your polls, they want to kill you... When you give liberals bad news in your polls, they want to kill themselves.”

Yesterday, Kevin Drum wrote of a “hack gap” between the left and the right:

Put simply, we liberals don't have enough hacks. Conservatives outscore us considerably in the number of bloggers/pundits/columnists/talking heads who are willing to cheerfully say whatever it takes to advance the party line, no matter how ridiculous it is.

This is a pretty good example. I write a column saying that the polls had shifted toward Romney but we'd need more data to see where things stand – and defending the Pew poll – and Dan Gainor comes along and blithely describes that as an “attack” on the pollsters. What a hack.

Joshua Holland is Senior Digital Producer at, and host of Politics and Reality Radio. He's the author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy. Drop him an email or follow him on Twitter

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