Monday, October 21, 2013

Most Americans are not like Antonin Scalia

Most Americans are not like Antonin Scalia:

Justice Antonin Scalia sat for an interview with New York magazine,
We just get The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it just … went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore…It was the treatment of almost any conservative issue. It was slanted and often nasty. And, you know, why should I get upset every morning? I don’t think I’m the only one. I think they lost subscriptions partly because they became so shrilly, shrilly liberal.
We don't want to get upset every morning, but as James Carville put it.
But perhaps as much as anything is the disturbing fragmentation of the media. Today, conservatives can get all their information from conservative outlets, and liberals can get all their information from liberal outfits. And you can spend your whole life never being challenged, never having to hear or think about or confront viewpoints that are different from your own.
It is important to be challenged intellectually to grow. It is true even for a Supreme Court Justice. It is one thing to avoid being upset every morning; it is another to refuse to be challenged ever. Let's hope Justice Scalia still reads Washington Post, occasionally.

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