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I am beginning to notice a troubling trend in so-called progressive media sites; particularly in the coverage of both the Republican and Democratic run-ups to their conventions. Some of the coverage seems to be parroting the same lines one comes to expect from the Main Line Media such as the Washington Post, New York Times, etc.

Much of their reporting seems to border on the sycophantic and fawning styles of the aforementioned major news outlets. Misleading headlines that seem to have been culled from the tabloids, poll numbers without any explanations of methodology, stories that on their face seem to contradict  reality, all leading to conclusions that if, in fact, Obama can walk on water it is because of his inability to swim.

Now, don't get me wrong, I can list a number of ways the President has fallen short in his first term, I strongly believe that the approach to health care was wrong-headed, he should have started with single-payer and negotiated from there instead of trying to reach across an aisle that stated their position at the time to be one of recalcitrance and obstruction.  I believe he relied entirely too much on the very folks who precipitated the 2008 great recession and their piecemeal approach to Wall Street reform. I agree with Ron Suskind's and Paul Krugman;s position that a more radical approach to stimulate the economy was sadly left off the table, but at the same time I also understand that it took a long time to get where we were in 2008 and it was not going to get fixed overnight.

 I recall an article by Sam Stein at The Huffington Post bemoaning the "fact" that while Obama "promised" a new approach to politics, he is nonetheless doing much of the same.

That one man can, with a wave of a wand, erase the mire the country found itself after eight years of free tax cuts and wars paid for on the American Credit Card is ridiculous on its' face, but if one follows some of the progressive news outlets (their words, not mine) one would think we voted for a magician, not a President.

When sites like HP and TPM, run poll numbers without the requisite disclaimers they do more harm than even the Main Line News can do, because they do present themselves as talking truth to power, when in fact they foster more of the same.

The headline throughout progressive and main line media should read "Republicans promise to continue to obstruct if the President is re-elected", instead we see a misleading headline about how "Nafta increased the flow of drugs into the U.S." with a picture of Obama underneath the lede. Having read the article I came away with this conclusion; it was the Democrats, pure and simple, their fault Suzie and Johnny are hooked on Meth.

There must be some sort of endorphin rush that comes with hobnobbing with the so-called power elite, the White House Correspondence Dinner is testament to that, the Fourth Estate in a free society must be held to a higher standard.

I.F Stone must be spinning in his grave at the antics of some of these so-called muckrakers...

'nuff said...

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

    by rpinero on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 01:07:13 PM PDT

  •  Well, there's your problem (4+ / 0-)
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    bluegrass50, SoCaliana, AoT, skohayes

    You think HP and TPM are progressive media. They aren't even liberal.

    •  that is how they present themselves; (0+ / 0-)

      and it is my opinion that many liberals also consider them to be progressive. This is not a question of "my dog is better than your dog" it merely states that for many people believing that the information they present is of a progressive bent, I would say that they are mistaken in that belief.

      An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

      by rpinero on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 01:30:36 PM PDT

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      •  That's how they market themselves (0+ / 0-)

        What they actually present in terms of content is far different from their marketing hype. Not to put to fine a point on it, but anyone who considers either source "progressive" is either ignorant of the meaning of the word, or not paying attention.

        •  Not that I disagree with you, but the truth is (0+ / 0-)

          that many liberals and some progressives see those two publications as purveyors of truth. The point I make is that no matter what their position is now, they do market themselves as liberals and many people do consider them to be. I won't take the position that they are either 'ignorant' or not paying attention; that label could apply to many, including we the 'enlightened'. The dissemination of incomplete information is the point of the post; misleading ledes, poll numbers, etc

          An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

          by rpinero on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 04:00:32 PM PDT

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  •  The Huffington Post "progressive"?? (3+ / 0-)
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    SoCaliana, skohayes, bluezen

    This must be snark??????????

  •  I noticed MSNBC and CNN becoming conservative (0+ / 0-)

    Last night, I was watching Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley and Anderson Cooper [I wouldn't normally; I just wanted to see that special on the President, which didn't show when it was supposed to]. Either they were falling all over themselves trying to look balanced, or they are all anti-Obama. They were talking about how aloof Obama is, how he won't even socialize, and Crowley [who is moderating a debate] called bullshit on Obama's statement that he wants to be home with his kids at 6:30 every night, saying it's not because he really wanted to be a present dad; it's because he is too anti-social to be bothered to go out and be friendly. I was appalled.

    MSNBC is no better. It's not fair. Fox gets to have people solidly [if mis-guidedly] in their corner; we get namby-pamby centrist-rights who are accused of being the "liberal" media.

    By the way, Huff Post is no longer a liberal site. Look at their right-leaning headlines. Howard Fineman often as not writes articles slamming Obama. I'm not going there for my news any more. So frustrating.

    •  I am in total agreement with you... (0+ / 0-)

      if it weren't for Kos and a few other independents, Atrios comes to mind, the truth would be much harder to find...

      An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

      by rpinero on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 03:18:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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