Steve M. sez:
[M]ainstream coverage of campaigns is hopeless: the reporters seem incapable of maintaining critical distance, so they inevitably regurgitate spin -- and that just gives the spin a patina of objectivity.For our political press, campaigns are good for one thing only: Road trip!
If there's a movie on the press bus, so much the better:
Veterans of past presidential campaigns know very well that neither team has yet to fully engage the billion-dollar campaign machines that will clash in spectacular fashion in the fall.Plus, all the better if the big media stenographer can pretend that financial resources for this campaign will be anything close to equal in the aftermath of Citizens United v. FEC.
Who's the Autobot? Who's the Decepticon? Big media won't help you figure that out. That wouldn't be "objective."