Ace on the legacy media’s love of “neutral story lines:”
The way the media shapes opinion is by stating, categorically, without caveat, that one rule is true in all cases when it benefits Democrats, and then, the following election cycle (or even the following month) that its opposite rule is categorically, and without caveat, true, in all cases, when it hurts the Republicans.
Neutral story lines are only really neutral when the criteria for choosing them is neutral. When partisan and ideological considerations drive the choice of which conflicting “neutral” story line to push, it’s just a partisan press covering its tracks with the thinnest pretense of objectivity. As usual.
By all means, read the whole thing. And if you haven’t read his postmortem (and then some) on what caused the Washington Post to want to unload Newsweek, their sclerotic dinosaur of a liberal opinion magazine, you owe it to yourself to give it a read.