Sharkansky engages in some media criticism.
From today’s Seattle Times article on a programming shake-up at radio station KIRO:
The shuffle, an attempt by KIRO to retake its once-dominant position, means listeners will hear the conservative [Dori] Monson immediately after Dave Ross, whose show airs 9 a.m.- noon weekdays.
So Monson is a conservative, but Ross isn’t labelled [the extra "l' is for liberal - Carl]. Why bother to label someone’s views when they’re middle-of-the-road (to a liberal reporter, anyway)?
Dave Ross is personally liberal enough to run for office as a Democrat. But his show isn’t a lefty version of Monson’s. His show is an actual news show. If he did some liberal version of the libertarian who happens to actually support the Republicans and big business every time show that Monson does then the label would be appropriate. But the two put on two quite different shows.
In fact, labeling them in a way that implies an equivalence, as Sharkansky seems to want, would do a disservice to readers unfamiliar with their shows: It would essentially say that they do the same thing when they do not. It would say that straight news balances out blatant conservative propaganda.