Not buying it

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 17, 2006

William Powers of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government writes that the press is excited by the new Democrat Congress because Democrats are just more "fun" to cover than Republicans.

Whatever. Reading Powers' piece is like listening to some nut describe the space aliens that kindnapped him from his home and "probed" him for a week. You know the guy is full of it, but it's an amusing story.

I personally liked reason No. 4. why Democrats are more fun to cover than Republicans:

4. Tough love. Journalists are more aggressive under Democratic rule. This doesn't jibe with the stereotype of reporters as liberals, but it's the stereotype that winds up undermining itself. When Democrats are in power, there's a huge incentive for reporters not to appear too sympathetic and thereby confirm the old liberal-bias charge. Thus, despite the friendly coverage we're seeing in this honeymoon period, the Democratic restoration will eventually produce tougher coverage than we saw of the GOP Congress, as media outlets strive to prove that they aren't soft on the Democrats.

Excuse me while I roll up the pant legs on my pajamas. It just got really deep in here.


I continue to be annoyed by online media companies skimping on the copy editors.

If you disagree, we may feud over the issue.

Is it true that Adam Schiff used his official position as House Intelligence Chair to subpoena the phone records of a journalist?

#PolitiFactThis #FactCheckThis @GlennKesslerWP @ddale8 @asharock @YLindaQiu @factcheckdotorg @ReutersFacts

Sounds dangerous, right @Acosta?

Sen. Marsha Blackburn @MarshaBlackburn

Adam Schiff used his official position as House Intelligence Chair to subpoena the phone records of a journalist and the top Republican on his committee.

Then he released the records to intimidate his opponents.

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