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Moral relativism as a political strategy

With their constant attacks on the credibility of the media, conservatives, ironically, are now hammering &ldquo;the final nail in the coffin&rdquo; of objective truth, said Gregory Rodriguez in the<strong> </strong><em&g

Gregory Rodriguez
Los Angeles Times

Conservatives are supposed to hate the idea that truth is relative, said Gregory Rodriguez. One of the movement’s pet peeves has long been the “postmodern worldview that truth does not really exist in any objective sense, but is instead created by each individual through the prism of his own background and biases.” Yet with their constant attacks on the credibility of the media, conservatives, ironically, are now hammering “the final nail in the coffin” of objective truth. In a typical example, The New York Times last week detailed extensive business ties between McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; the McCain campaign immediately reacted by attacking the Times for bias, rather than by arguing their case on the merits. In the short term, attacking the “bogeyman” of the admittedly liberal media is a useful political strategy. But by constantly discrediting any unflattering information, and championing “their own biased media, in the form of Fox News,” conservatives are playing right into the postmodernists’ hands. In this brave new world, everyone is free to interpret the facts to suit their personal and political agendas. Try governing a nation in which “all truth is relative.”

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