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Disgusting 'Journalists' (w/ Batya Ungar-Sargon)

30 Oct 2023 • 72 min • EN
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Friend of the pod Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor for Newsweek and author of Bad News, returns for a deep, contentious conversation about the responsibility of journalists covering the Israel-Hamas war, the people worth expending energy on (versus relegating as enemies), and the uncomfortable embrace of moral certainty.  While much vitriol is expended on the “journalists” bringing shame to the (let’s face it, already pretty scumbag) profession, we also shout out the reporters doing good, honest analysis, even if we don’t always agree with their positions: Zaid Jelani, Lee Fang, and Arash Azizi.  On the agenda: -The Moral Imperative of Remembering [1:55-9:11] -On Emotions and Moral Certainty [9:12-16:54] -Disgusting "Journalists" [16:55-20:39] -On Journalistic Responsibility / Objectivity [20:40-26:36] -Debating How - and Who - to Trust [26:37-38:39] -Liberal vs. Jewish Values [38:40-52:14] -On Moral Equivalence and Retaliation [52:15-58:24] -Who is reachable? [58:25-1:07:22] -The battle continues [1:07:23-1:12:40] Check out our ‘Inscrutable’ blog and ‘Uncertainty’ newsletter for thoughts and rants. To support us and gain access to exclusive content, consider becoming a paid member of Uncertain on Substack. Follow @UncertainPod on your social media of choice. Get full access to Uncertain Things at

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