(Don’t) Mind The (Hack) Gap

Kevin Drum over at MotherJones points out a truism of our modern FerengiMedia™ : no matter how many times the reichwing calls them liberal, they go out of their way to prove they are no such thing:

Last night I argued that although President Obama turned in a weak debate performance on Wednesday, his bigger problem was the wild overreaction of liberal talking heads immediately after the debate.

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“…do mainstream reporters take their cues from liberals on TV?

Normally, no. But this isn’t a normal news story. It’s an explicitly partisan event, one where news reporters would normally be required to cover it straight: Obama said X, Romney said Y, blah blah blah. If both sides insist that their guy did well, that’s about all the mainstream folks can say. But when Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz and Joan Walsh all deliver stinging denunciations of Obama’s performance, this gives them permission to report as fact that Romney won. See, even liberals agree! And sure enough, that’s how things eventually congealed. This is a fundamental point about how the modern media works, one that we fail to understand at our peril.”

One of the great things about the blogosphere is that it hastens the day when NONE of the talking heads will matter all that much.

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