Unlike say, President Reagan with “Win one for the Gipper”, or her own husband’s “I feel your pain”, Hillary Clinton does not yet have a universally-known catch phrase associated with her, yet. But one of Hillary Clinton’s better-known lines was this:
We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.
That seems to be how the media is operating this decade. In the early days of the Blogosphere, the mantra was that while Big Media would do the reporting, you’d go the Blogosphere for opinion. But increasingly, it’s been the Blogosphere that’s been doing the heavy lifting:
All of these were given wide dissemination into the public consciousness by the Blogosphere first, since they didn’t fit into the media’s style guide. And no doubt, there are numerous additional examples that could be plugged in here.
This week, there were two stories whose background the media seemed to work furiously to airbrush: the anti-religious bigotry and colorful language of John Edwards’ would be professional bloggers, and the background of the Salt Lake City Sniper.
Of the former, Newsbusters writes, “Print Editions of Time, Newsweek Covered Edwards Without Vulgar Anti-Christian Specifics”. Because running them would violate the media’s delicate Victorian sensibilities and/or anger the magazine’s subscriber base.
Regarding the latter, Charles Johnson writes:
As Los Angeles correspondent for British leftist/Islamist newspaper The Guardian, Dan Glaister specializes in condescending