Those of you who think the issues in political journalism are simply about “bias” should really read this: The New Republic gives Politico’s editors enough rope with which to hang themselves, getting no apologies whatsoever for focusing on day-to-day crap. The best summary is this statement/question, for which the editors give a lame “oh, the market will correct itself” response:
If Washington, on a given day, is caught up in total nonsense, is there real value in covering total nonsense? If you give nonsense a microphone, that might lead to more nonsense. If you are a politician and you get covered for saying outrageous things, there is some incentive to say more outrageous things.
via John F. Harris & Jim VandeHei Interview: Talking to Politicos Editors | New Republic.
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Oscar Wilde famously said that a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. After reading that article, I think it’s appropriate that you filed this post under “cynicism.”