I generally consider E. J. Dionne to be a gutless, Vichy liberal, but this is right on the money:
We have just gone through one of the most shameful episodes of the young Obama presidency — shameful because of the behavior of the right wing, shameful because the media played into an extremist agenda, shameful because we proved that our political system has become so dysfunctional that a president gets punished for doing the right thing.
In a normal world, the media would have asked Greer for proof of such a wild charge and, since he didn’t have any, his press release would have gone into the circular file.
But, no, the media is so petrified of being criticized for being “liberal” that it chose to take a lunatic charge seriously and helped gin up this phony controversy.
And unlike some pundits who occasionally call out Republicans for tolerating lunacy, Dionne didn’t have to close with “and the Democrats do this too.”