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Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in At TMV | 0 comments

If They Both Lose the Battle, the Better for All of Us

The Hill describes Republican fury with media attacks on presidential candidates –Michele v Jimmy, for example.

Media coverage of conservatives is again in the spotlight, with the furor over the treatment of presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” TV show. …

… A number of GOP hopefuls — Bachmann, Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich prominent among them — have responded with head-on attacks on the media. The attacks may be sincere but, experts say, they also have the advantage of having an electoral appeal, at least to the Republican electorate.

Attacks by Republicans on the media are not unusual.

The relationship between candidates and the media is an unavoidably complex one, however. In this year’s race it seems undeniable that candidates have been more prone to lash out at the media when lagging in the polls, and less likely to do so when riding high.

The rest of us would be delighted to see Republicans and the news media fight to the death. Imagine! No more wingnut pols and no more corporate news media. The smoke clears; the stench disappears. America is once again civil, humane, and prosperous.

Cross posted from the blog Prairie Weather.

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