Allan Wolfe’s excellent review of John Heilemann’s and Mark Halperin’s idiotic “Game Change” puts RBC at the forefront of lithium-deprived lefty bloggers, quoting yours truly saying that Halperin is, well, idiotic. (Actually, it misquotes me a touch: I said that Halperin’s commentary is vapid, smug, and inane, not innate. I don’t know how commentary can be “innate.”).
But aside from Wolfe concluding reluctantly that the bloggers are right, there is an interesting and important aside in his piece: Halperin is despised not generally by “bloggers,” but “lefty bloggers.” Their (our) complaint: “the Washington press corps deals in trivia, reflects conventional wisdom and is all too respectful of the politicians it should be challenging.”
Why should this be solely the complaint of the left?
I believe that it was Steve Benen who first pointed out this distinction: the right criticizes the MSM for bias, particularly liberal bias. Blue Blogistan, on the other hand, mostly (although not always) takes a page out of Michael Dukakis and says that this isn’t about ideology but competence. Reporters just accept talking points. They focus on personalities. They make ex cathedra statement about something will play politically when they have no evidence for it. In other words, they aren’t good reporters. But a priori, this doesn’t have a progressive valence.
Whether a press corps that “deals in trivia, reflects conventional wisdom and is all too respectful of the politicians it should be challenging” serves the interests of the Right is an exercise left for the reader.