I think what bothers the Joe Klein's of the world about bloggers is that they won't have an unfettered hand in shaping the narratives that are applied to politics and then transmitted back to the public anymore. We're around to beat back some of their idiotic observations that even right wingers object to and it appears they can't seem to handle the critiques---so they say write pieces like this.
The Daily Howler does a wonderful job of deconstructing their screeds and has the archives to pin them down from their past indiscretions. Bob Somerby continually points out how Al Gore was savaged by the media which probably cost him the 2000 election. Here's a piece about Paul Krugman's column on the Republican debate on CNN.
Krugman begins with Tuesday night’s Republican debate—more specifically, with the work of our floundering press corps:
KRUGMAN (6/8/07): In Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney completely misrepresented how we ended up in Iraq. Later, Mike Huckabee mistakenly claimed that it was Ronald Reagan's birthday.
Guess which remark The Washington Post identified as the ''gaffe of the night''?
Folks, this is serious. If early campaign reporting is any guide, the bad media habits that helped install the worst president ever in the White House haven't changed a bit...read on