Typical distorted Times debate by its own rules.
by Stephen Lendman
The New York Times debated it. Nine views were presented. Mark Weisbrot co-directs the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He's fair-minded and forthright.
He was outnumbered eight to one. Times style debates avoid evenhanded exchanges.
Debates are an ancient tradition. Genuine ones air views freely. Beliefs are challenged. Truths are sought.
Critical thinking is stimulated. Opinions are formed. Conclusions are reached through free and open dialogue and discussion.
Debates should involve opposing sides given full opportunity to air views and challenge others. New York Times editors changed the rules.