Biased? The media? Naaawww… not in a bazillion years, right? Come on now, it’s not like they’re throwing tantrums over their latest toomyshoomy precious thing, is it? Oh, wait…
Even by the standards of today’s partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. Television hosts, editorial boards, and even some reporters have aggressively criticized and shamed the 46 Senators who opposed the plan, while some have even taken to actively soliciting the public to contact them directly.
The decision by some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives’ longstanding suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias.
“I guess the liberal media get annoyed when Senators listen to their constituents and think for themselves, rather than doing the media’s bidding,” Bill Kristol, the editor-in-chief of the Weekly Standard, told POLITICO.
You gotta admit, the whole being-a-hack-while-pretending-you’re-not jig is pretty much up when things get this obvious.
“We used to live in a world where a New York Times op-ed had a disproportionate effect on society. More and more, the New York Times, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski — they sound to ordinary Americans like Ivy League smarties telling each other how smart they are,” he said. “The media institutions of the Acela corridor are so disconnected from American society that Americans no longer pay attention.”
But hey, at lease they’ll always have each other, right?
Of course they will.