Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Media Putzs

With good cause, Charles Pierce calls them  Tiger Beat On The Potomac

How Politico invents/generates “news”! -
...And there was their frankly amazing September-October 2012 coverage, and meta-coverage, of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, which I attempted to summarize here. Briefly: In the world of Politico, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, in the space of about a month, was the victim of a deluge of wildly contradictory “narratives.” It was in disarray, then rescued, then in disarray again, and finally rescued once more. Mitt Romney was sometimes a “lousy candidate” and sometimes the campaign’s underutilized secret weapon. Stuart Stevens was righting the ship and then Tagg Romney re-righted the ship away from him. On Sept. 19, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei wrote a story explicitly saying that a story they’d written three days earlier “doesn’t matter.” It was a master class in useless campaign pseudo-analysis.

But creating the “Obamacare exemption” myth, and then reporting on the ensuing chaos, is impressive even for Politico. Good work, guys.

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