Writing in the Week in Review section on Sunday, the Times' Mark Leibovich looks at the Republican media bashing that went on at the GOP convention at St. Paul and examines the history of that trend among conservatives. "We have played this video game before," write Leibovich in a breezy style, which matched his ho-hum attitude throughout the piece.
Leibovich's point is that conservative attacks on the press are entirely predictable and that frankly, folks within the press corps have seen it so many times before they don't really take it seriously. It's an act.
"There was an almost homey familiarity to the ritual," writes Leibovich. "And despite the hot words from the podium, it was hard to find a journalist last week who felt any unusual sense of siege or discomfort."
He gets it half right. It is an act; a ploy the GOP uses like clock work and have been using for nearly 40 years. The point Leibovich completely misses however, is that it's a ploy that works. Leibovich would have readers believe that the GOP assaults on the "liberal media," have no effect, that journalists stoically brush off the critiques and courageously march ahead undeterred by the right-wing cat calls.
If only it were so. Truth is, there have been entire books written about how successful the GOP media attacks have been in bullying the press into changing its political coverage. In fact, the lopsided coverage that presidents Reagan (friendly), Clinton (nasty) and Bush (friendly) received remains the obvious proof.
WaPo fashion writer Robin Givhan insists the disproportionate attention she pays to the outfits of political women isn't sexist. Matthew Yglesias isn't so sure.
Again. With imaginary duologue. We'd love to see NYT editors' reaction when she mails in these doozies.
Continues to grow.
In A1 Saturday article, the Times addressed the question of Palin's faith and wondered what impact it would have on her governing style if she became VP. Here are three phrases the Times did not include in its article, even though all three pertain to her chosen faith: "End days," "Armageddon," and "Second Coming."
Why did the Times not address any of those in an article about Palin's religious beliefs?
By contrast, the Chicago Tribune is much more factual in its handling of the same issue today:
"The churches she has attended also embrace dispensation, a theological system that emphasizes man's dominion over the earth and the end times-theology that could potentially shape a believer's environmental and foreign policies."
McCain's team has declared war on the press after journalists spent years toasting the Arizona senator. Over the next 60 days will find out of the press corps can be scared off campaign stories or not. See "Media Matters."
Today the mysterious minions, we're told, are insiders on Oprah Winfrey's show and whispered to the Drudge Report that the talk show queen, and Obama supporter, has banned Palin from appearing. That, of course, set off right-wing howls of protest. Oprah has responded, claiming Drudge's report has no merit, and that she simply isn't going to have any candidates on her program between now and Election Day.
At County Fair, we remain dubious of any Drudge exclusive that features unnamed sources because, frankly, we doubt that sources exist.
In fact, just once we'd love to see a Drudge scoop that was constructed completely around anonymous sources (the same sources who routinely produce too-good-to-be-true quotes) actually be confirmed in the real world. That way we wouldn't have the nagging suspicion that today's scoop was simply fed to Drudge by McCain allies who concocted the story (and the sources) as a way to pressure Winfrey into inviting Palin on her program.
Gawker calls out Drudge.
New clip from Brave New Films.
According to Los Angeles Times report.
Complains Melissa McEwan at Shakesville.