TV News LIES

Friday, Jun 22nd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

E-mail Print PDF

Tea PartyPost-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about the issues.

But according to longtime political observers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, campaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.

Mann and Ornstein are two longtime centrist Washington fixtures who earlier this year dramatically rejected the strictures of false equivalency that bind so much of the capital's media elite and publicly concluded that GOP leaders have become "ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."

The 2012 campaign further proved their point, they both said in recent interviews. It also exposed how fabulists and liars can exploit the elite media's fear of being seen as taking sides.

"The mainstream press really has such a difficult time trying to cope with asymmetry between the two parties' agendas and connections to facts and truth," said Mann, who has spent nearly three decades as a congressional scholar at the centrist Brookings Institution.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Charles Krauthammer, conservative voice and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 68

Charles Krauthammer dead at 68Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the...

USA TODAY foreign affairs reporter Oren Dorell killed in hit-and-run

USA Today reporter killed in hit and run Oren Dorell, a former construction contractor who became a globe-trotting foreign affairs reporter for USA TODAY,...

New York Times Caves To White House On Stephen Miller Interview

NYTimes caves in on Miller interview Bowing to pressure from the White House, The New York Times did not include in its news...

Justice Department Seized New York Times Reporter’s Phone, Email Records

Sessions violated freedom of the pressOfficials at the Justice Department seized the phone and email records of a journalist at The...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!