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We always thought it was goofy when media insiders (i.e. Mark Halperin) announced which candidate won a given week of the campaign cycle, as if campaigns a) are sporting events, b) have clear winners and losers within a pre-determined time schedule, and c) need to be handicapped that way.
By recently Politico, the Beltway daily, has been crowning the the winner of each campaign day. What's creepiest of all is that voters are virtually invisible to the calculations the Politico editors make as they pretend to decipher, in real time, the unfolding events and exactly how they're playing out across the country.
Guys (and gals), why can't you just let the campaignunfold without constantly inserting yourself into the story by telling us what to think. In other words, please just get out of the way.
Time's Karen Tumulty says they're rather low. Glenn Greenwald disagrees. (Can you say FISA?)
aka, The Bridge to Nowhere. How did the local press treat Palin's trademark fabrication? CJR takes a look.
And see why Howard Kurtz's claim that no national candidate has ever gotten press that's tougher than Sarah Palin is, well, a howler.
No reason apparently. Couric's ratings are still in the basement, she hasn't landed any big interviews and she was shut out of the fall debate schedule. But according to the Times, Couric "has been in the middle of things for the last few weeks." That's the news hook.
Makes us wish the press would stop treating anchors like celebrities and report on actual media news instead.
Why, in light of the financial meltdown currently underway, the topic of the economy and Wall Street have been nearly invisible on the campaign trail. He, "can't believe how small a role our economic crisis is playing in the campaign coverage."
Here's our hunch: The press doesn't care about that issue because it's not fun. Polls are fun to cover. VP picks are fun to speculate about. The chronic sickness of Wall Street? Not so fun so, prior to today, it was shoved into the shadows.
Over Sarah Palin and book banning. Steve Clemons looks at the dust-up.
The press has obviously taken note. AmericaBlog has the greatest hits.
Writing in the Times, John Harwood looks at the tricky position McCain finds himself in with the need to separate himself from the an historically unpopular GOP president. Harwood looks around and suggests the last candidate who faced a similar quandary was Al Gore when he ran in 2000 in the shadow of Bill Clinton.
Now, to the layman that comparison might seem absurd since at the time of the 2000 campaign Clinton's approval rating was above 50 percent and the country was still basking in peace in prosperity. But back in 2000 the press was obsessed with what it perceived to be Clinton's huge impeachment-related drag on the Gore ticket. The press chattered about the issue endlessly during the campaign. For many campaign reporters, Clinton legacy and role in the campaign was the single most important issue of the race. No joke.
Fast forward eight years and boy, you sure don't hear much chatter about how Bush is going to impact the race do you? It's almost like an embarrassed press corps is just as anxious for Bush to leave the stage as McCain, isn't it?