Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The age-old art of moral equivalence

There isn't a single mainstream media outlet in Nashville expressing opposition to sprawling a second Downtown across rural Bells Bend, and while the Tennessean's Gail Kerr is not yet shilling and pimping May Town Center, today's column has me wondering what she's waiting for. A green light from Karl Dean?

Contemporary journalism tends not to rise above framing two sides in a controversy equivalently, so I'm not expecting much more critical lucidity about the facts of Bells Bend, Downtown Nashville, and CoolSprings. I suspect that Kerr will pick a side once a pet politician does, and most likely we will see the mainstream media in lockstep for development and automobilization of the Bend without any strict environmental or transportation limitations.

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