News executives Thursday tried to shake off the excoriations of the media emanating from the Republican National Convention, defending their coverage of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as responsible and evenhanded.Make. Me. Laugh. You call parroting crackpot theories from DKos and recycling DNC talking points "responsible and evenhanded"? But wait, there's more:
The angry denunciations by Republican leaders spotlighted a dominant theme of the 2008 presidential campaign: the charge that the news media are a biased referee. It began in the primaries, when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign complained about sexist coverage, and has continued through the general election with accusations that the media are in Democratic nominee Barack Obama's sway.Notice that the subjects of these sentences are not the media, but the media's critics. There is no effort to explore what the media may have done to have deserve criticism. It's just the "political tactic" of "attacking the media" that is to be examined.
Attacking the media is not a new political tactic, of course.