Your librul media

Puzzling? No, not really. Washington “journalists” are more interested in maintaining their own commercial viability, and that requires the ability to maintain cognitive dissonance. I can’t believe they’re so shocked! Greg Sargent:

Last month, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein published an Op edand a book making the extremely controversial argument that both parties aren’t equally to blame for what ails Washington. They argued that the GOP — by allowing extremists to roam free and by wielding the filibuster to achieve government dysfunction as a political end in itself — were demonstrably more culpable for creating what is approaching a crisis of governance.


It turns out neither man has been invited on to the Sunday shows even once to discuss this thesis. As Bob Somerby and Kevin Drum note, these are among the most quoted people in Washington — yet suddenly this latest topic is too hot for the talkers, or not deemed relevant at all.


I ran this thesis by Ornstein himself, and he confirmed that the book’s publicity people had tried to get the authors booked on the Sunday shows, with no success.


“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.’”

3 Responses to Your librul media

  1. Imhotep May 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    “Cognitive dissonance.” Like a Capitalist media never allowing a discussion about why Capitalism is unworkable, in the long term, with a Socialist or a Communist. Or why the amount of money spent on bombs and weapons systems is a crime. Don’t rock the boat, just keep those ad dollars rolling in. After all it’s the people that have no opinions and live in the middle who win elections. And people wonder why the world is in such a mess.

  2. Ten Bears May 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Your Bimbo Bottle Blonde Bobble Head Multi-Millionaire Mainstream Media, as drunk on the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox Kool-Aid as the bare footed rubes blindly following a charismatic “leader” to suicide.

  3. Adams May 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    It’s pretty easy to argue that the Republicans have pulled out all the stops to be obstructionist. After all, they were explicit that their number one priority is defeating Obama, not effectively governing. It’s harder to make a case that Democrats have been effective in opposing them. Why is that?

    yurlibrulmedia certainly includes NPR and PBS, where I’m hearing consistent reports which accept the need for austerity a priori, and focus on the need for the people of Europe to swallow grandma Merkel’s cod liver oil. Prep for the Grand Bargain here.

    That was the format of Ray Suarez’s interview last night with Nick Burns and some guy from Pete Peterson’s outfit. Suarez introduces the section by saying that Europe’s financial problems were caused by “crushing debt.” Gee, do I remember something about a housing bubble and bank involvement in “creative and innovative financial instruments?” But “crushing debt” segues more smoothly into a celebration of austerity.

    Naturally they concluded that the voters in Greece were illogical, confused, and ill-advised if not delusional and would eventually be forced back to accept German political and financial hegemony. Perhaps with some minor cosmetic adjustments and accommodations to their concerns.

    Can’t wait for that lame-duck resurrection of the catfood commission, so we can get some real austerity medicine. Ornstein will support Barry’s call for a bi-partisan austerity package that cuts SS/Medicare benefits and other social programs like Headstart and school breakfasts as long as we get a tax increase to cuts ratio of at least 1 to 10. Moderation, compromise, and bi-partisanship.

    Pete Peterson, come on down.

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