THIS IS ALMOST HILARIOUS – AT 9:21 A.M. ET: The Politico website is liberal enough, and we are careful about which Politico articles we quote. But apparently, the site isn't liberal enough for the thought police in journalism. Why, the Politico has been caught chiding the...the...the New York Times and Washington Post. Sinners! Sinners!
POLITICO has come under sharp and widespread criticism today for a site-leading story about media bias against Mitt Romney at the Washington Post and the New York Times.
The story, by executive editor Jim VandeHei and chief White House correspondent Mike Allen, offers both reportage and analysis of the GOP's frustration, citing complaints from Gov. Haley Barbour and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer while at the same time affirming the validity of those sentiments, as when they write that conservative charges of bias "often ring true."
"No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign," VandeHei and Allen write. "To them, reporters are scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience – and once again downplaying ones that could hurt the president."
Later, the authors argue that a front-page Washington Post story about Romney cutting off a classmate's hair in high school "was invested with far more significance than it merited, and is more voyeuristic than relevant to assessing Romney’s readiness for office."
Allegations such as this led to a wave of criticism from outlets ranging from Talking Points Memo to GQ to the Washington Post's media blog, as well as stern rebuttals from editors at both the Post and the Times.
COMMENT: I love it, I love it. Let them fight. The Politico told the truth, and the mainstreamers went insane...or continued being insane. Given the sharp media bias in favor of Obama, stories like VandeHei's and Allen's are to be praised, not rapped. I don't know what their future in journalism will be after this act of apostasy, but I doubt either will be working for Pinch Sulzberger.
June 1, 2012