Harrop: Tedious attacks on ‘mainstream media’
Last week, the most read items on the RealClearPolitics website were complaints about the “mainstream media.” Basically, it was Mitt Romney supporters claiming their man was behind in polls because the so-called mainstream media were biased against conservatives.
On the left, meanwhile, the beefs tend to focus on “what the media aren’t reporting” – most often plundering by big business. About 11 out of 10 times these commentators know “what the media aren’t reporting” because they read about it ... where?
Let’s linger on the left side for a moment. In Rolling Stone magazine, Matt Taibbi regales us on “the incredible untold story of the 2012 election,” which is this: Romney’s “hypocrisy” in railing against federal debt after his Bain Capital loaded down companies with debt so heavy they sometimes collapsed. Taibbi is always an entertaining read, and his portrayals are mostly accurate, even though they often make faulty connections. (Corporate debt and federal debt are two different things.)
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