The state of American journalism has been bad since newspaper editors first started going easy on Reagan because advertisers complained and Richard Viguerie plastered their offices with direct mail solicited astroturf. But since the advent of Fox and ETV, it hasn't been just sliding downhill, it has been plummeting. As this video dramatically demonstrates, it appears we are very near rock bottom. (Via Glenn Greenwald)
Both these clowns are political writers for Fred Hiatt's neocon Washington Post. Milbank used to be a genuine journalist but hasn't been since he discovered how much fun it was to make bad jokes on tv and get invited to the parties of all the fun people. Cillizza has never been much of anything but a joke himself. I subscribed to his "newsletter" for a while until its utter cluelessness began giving me a migraine.
This unfunny, painfully embarrassing excuse for "light political news" would be dismissable if it weren't precisely the sort of drek they spend their supposedly "serious" journalistic-type time doing. Why is my sinking stomach telling me I'm looking at the "News of the Future" in the flesh, so to speak? My gawd, watching them pick snot out of their noses would have more value.
I think we need to start spreading this stuff around and being as brutal as possible in slamming it. We can't let this become their comfort zone or we've had it as a democracy.
Embarrass them. Let em have it.