reviewed: The Ben Shapiro Show
Smart talk, but with a bias [Updated]
I have a lot of respect for Ben Shapiro, and I’ve been listening to his podcast for more than a year now. I value getting a plethora of opinions before making my own, and I can rely on Ben to give me a contemporary, conservative take on current events. With that said, it is clear that he has a base he needs to entertain, so some of his episodes are a bit more “red meat” than I prefer. He also does allow his individual beliefs to creep in on certain topics, which I don’t always appreciate when I desire more facts than thoughts. Overall, subscribing to Ben’s podcast can be worth your while if you’re looking for alternative angles to hot topics. [update] I did just get done listening to his 1,613 episode which covered same-sex marriage and the declining birth rate in the US. Unfortunately, I felt the need to dock a couple of stars. His own beliefs now dominate his narrative and doesn’t attempt to humor countering perspectives. Referencing the episode in question, he ties the decline in childbirth with the decline in marriage, and that marriage is no longer about commitment or family, but about love. That’s just not true, same-sex couples seek marriage to commit to each other as well as start a family. He fails to mention that most adoption agencies give preference to married partners, thus the need for marriage. If couples didn’t want children, they could just cohabitate which Ben cited as the new norm. Liekwise with child birth, his reasoning is that abortions and promiscuity are celebrated. He fails to cite the anthropologic science that lower infant mortality in western worlds leads to less children because couples aren’t anticipating a few of them dying along the way. He also fails to mention the glaringly obvious fact that children are immensely expensive which few couples can comfortably afford. The Ben Shapiro of old would have used facts and science to analyze these issues, but recently he’s become another conservative talking head, cherry picking science to support his claims.
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