… there is a particular political movement that has refined misdirection in the form of smear campaigns to an art form. There is a particular group that consistently tries to push bigotry and eliminationism into the mainstream. The accusations of treason or support for child pornography come primarily from one side of the aisle. If the only response is to say that we need to be on guard and prepared to engage with this nonsense then all we’re doing is feeding the trolls. If that’s all we’ve got, then the trolls win because while we allow them to suck up our time in endless debates about civil discourse, they’ll finish dismantling democracy and looting the economy.
A worthwhile observation about the pitfalls of misguided devotion to “balance.”