Bob Somerby, Greg Sargent and Kevin Drum are on the trail of the elusive Norman Ornstein. Ornstein is a Sunday show and PBS staple in the role of serious non-partisan Congressional analyst. He and his writing partner Thomas Mann just published a book, which should mean a tour of all the usual suspects (Meet the Republicans, This Week in Conservativism, Face the GOP, etc.) Unfortunately, Norm and Tom said that the main issue in DC is Republican obstructionism, so:
“Not a single one of the Sunday shows has indicated an interest, and I do find it curious,” Ornstein told me, adding that the Op ed had well over 200,000 Facebook recommends and has been viral for weeks. “This is a level of attention for a book that we haven’t received before. You would think it would attract some attention from the Sunday shows.’
Ornstein also noted another interesting point. Their thesis takes on the media for falling into a false equivalence mindset and maintaining the pretense that both sides are equally to blame. Yet despite the frequent self-obsession of the media, even that angle has failed to generate any interest. What’s more, some reporters have privately indicated their frustration with their editorial overlords’ apparent deafness to this idea.
“The piece focused on press culpability — it would be hard to find a more sensitive issue for the media than the question of whether they’re doing their job,” Ornstein said. “We got tons of emails from some of the biggest reporters in the business, saying, `We’ve raised this in the newsroom, and editors just brush it aside.’”