We'd ever hear a Fox News anchor announce this, as Eric Shawn did on Sunday while targeting Barack Obama:
"What's more threatening, I think, to our democracy, is trying to muzzle the press; trying to ignore legitimate questions."
It's like the last eight years never happened.
Just two days ago the blogger compiled the best look at the whacky Obama-related conspiracy theories right-wing bloggers have wasted so much of the campaign chasing.
Now, as the contest enters the final stages, excitable bloggers have one more chapter to add to Swift's catalog. Rest assured, this is the one that could really take down Obama. It's true, all the A-list, GOP bloggers say so.
Jay Newton-Small, a writer for Time magazine, walks Washington Post reader through all the criticism that has been leveled at the AP this campaign season.
Curious how the Post only takes the AP complaints seriously when they're raised by somebody at Time magazine, even though they've been all over the netroots for months now.
On MSNBC this morning, the host, putting the current economic woes in perspective, claimed "unemployment was higher throughout most of Clinton's administration."
Most? As Chris Edelson at The Seminal notes, if by "most" Scarborough meant unemployment was higher during 19 of the 97 months Clinton was in office, than yeah, that would be accurate.
About how his influence has cratered during his campaign cycle? And how, since the Wall Street meltdown began six weeks ago, his brand of shallow, partisan, GOP gotcha attacks have been completely ineffective?
Well, yesterday he went all in on the very hard-to-believe tale from Pittsburgh about the McCain supporter who was mugged and whose assailant carved a "B" in her face after becoming enraged about her GOP loyalties.
It was The Drudge Report that posted blaring headlines about the story, and it was The Drudge Report that tried to push the story into the mainstream media, perhaps in one last attempt to leave its mark on the campaign.
Well, Drudge did leave a mark. Just not the one he wanted.
The Pittsburgh story has now officially been declared a hoax by the police, leaving Drudge right where he was at the beginning of the week; an irrelevant bystander in the campaign season.
Mary Mapes, of CBS' Memogate fame, delights in the demise of the right-wing bloggers' influence this election cycle:
Nothing makes me happier than seeing once swaggering players like Powerline, Free Republic and Little Green Footballs forced onto the sidelines, left to limply watch this campaign pass by like a parade in which they play no meaningful part.
They just don't matter anymore.
And don't forget about Drudge!
And fyi, from Portfolio [emphasis added]:
The Huffington Post drew more than 4.5 million unique visitors in September, making it the most-trafficked stand-alone political website or blog, according to figures just released by ComScore. Huffpo's traffic increased by 474 percent versus September 2007. In comparison, the Drudge Report drew a little over 2 million uniques, up 70 percent year-over-year.