"A balanced treatment of an unbalanced phenomenon is a distortion of reality and a disservice to your consumers. A prominent Washington Post reporter sanctimoniously told us that the Post is dedicated to presenting both sides of the story. In our view, the Post and other important media should report the truth. Both sides in politics are no more necessarily equally responsible than a hit-and-run driver victim; reporters don’t treat them as equivalent, and neither should they reflexively treat the parties that way. Our advice: don’t seek professional safety through the unfiltered presentation of opposing views. What’s the real story? Who’s telling the truth? Who is taking hostages at what risks and to what ends?"
- Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism