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Has Politico Seen The Light?

Monday, February 7, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

On today’s radio show I will take a look the alleged pro-business turn in President Obama’s agenda and be joined by Gary Wolensky to talk about how cases like the decision of the California Supreme Court in Kwikset make it very difficult for economic growth to get into high gear.

If the president is serious about economic growth that produces jobs he will shut down the EPA’s regulatory conveyor belt, instruct the agencies that work for him to get on with permitting growth, and push for aggressive tort reform that stops nightmares like Kwikset from saddling companies with thousands of joke lawsuits.

I will also be talking about the piece by John Harris and Jim Vandehei in today’s Politico: “How Obama plays media like a fiddle.”

Don’t be too encouraged. Though Harris and Vandehei take the first step for the Obama-addicted –the MSM has a problem– they offer up a dozens excuses and minimize the depth of the problem. The worst part of the piece:

Conservatives are convinced the vast majority of reporters at mainstream news organization are liberals who hover expectantly for each new issue of The Nation.

It’s just not true. The majority of political writers we know might more accurately be accused of centrist bias.

That is, they believe broadly in government activism, but are instinctually skeptical of anything that smacks of ideological zealotry and are quick to see the public interest as being distorted by excessive partisanship. Governance, in the Washington media’s ideal, should be a tidier and more rational process than it is.

In this fantasy, every pressing problem could be solved with a blue-ribbon commission chaired by Sam Nunn and David Gergen that would go into seclusion at Andrews Air Force Base for a week, not coming back until it had a deal to cut entitlements and end obesity.

The caricature of the conservative critique of the MSM is of course part of MSM’s, and Politico’s, problem, and the defining-down of the MSM’s bias from being pro-Democratic to being pro-centrist is equally revealing about the blinkers that Politico’s leaders are wearing.

But the piece is a start, a recognition that there is a huge problem within the Manhattan-Beltway media elite. Whether Politico or any other MSM outlet other than Fox moves quickly enough to catch up with the millions of Americans who are in the process of forever giving up on them remains to be seen.


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