I’m an angry partisan guy, who wants to see Democrats achieve ultimate victory and march Republicans into the Chesapeake Bay one-by-one, even though I also hate the Democratic party for being more Bayh than Che. I think the mainstream media’s coddling of the Republican party is what will ultimately destroy the GOP — it’s hard to see that you’re a permanent minority party of dying white guys when you’re getting fluffed by Dancing Dave et al. every day of the week and twice (or more) on Sunday. And that’s a good thing, at least for an ideological asshole like me.
But…the truth is that establishment media’s treatment of the debt talks is a disgrace, journalistically speaking:
It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn’t cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.
This isn’t just cognitive dissonance. It’s irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don’t want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because I’m more than three weeks old.
I’m sure Michael Grunwald, who wrote this, will be relegated to the hippie ghetto, far from the Broding crowd, because that’s how things work. But that’s what it means to be a reality-based journalist these days.