Great moments in cognitive dissonance, courtesy of the other Roger Simon, who writes for Politico — and says stuff like this on Sunday talk shows:
HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: So is the press starting to sour on the stalemate in Libya?
Joining us now here in Washington, Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico; Dana Milbank, columnist for “The Washington Post,” and in San Francisco, Debra Saunders, a columnist for “The San Francisco Chronicle.”
Roger Simon, are the journalists and the anchors we just saw now aggressively challenging and acting openly skeptical about the Obama policy in Libya?
ROGER SIMON, CHIEF POLITICAL COLUMNIST, POLITICO: Yes, and that’s a good thing. We’re supposed to be openly skeptical.
The bloom isn’t entirely off the rose between Obama and the press, but reporters are starting to concentrate more than ever on what he says rather than how he says it. We will stipulate that he’s the greatest orator of modern times, but now we’re looking beyond that in every speech for what he’s actually telling us.
As Noel Sheppard responds, “Really?” Obama’s a better orator “than Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt?”
Some rubes simply aren’t yet ready to self-identify.