I wish I’d come up with that appellation, but the indispensable Charles Pierce of Esquire must be credited. However, I seriously doubt that he has taken a dim view of the non-venerable gossip rag for any longer than have I. Since their inception, Politico have focused on Washington gossip, and making sure their crappy “journalists” get as much face time as possible in the talking head segments of network and cable news.
You know, gaining credibility the way the astroturf Tea Party Express did when CNN sent a bus to TOUR with them? “Credibility by guilty association” we might call it. Listen to Tiger Beat on the Potomac‘s latest “LOOK AT ME!” fake journalism [emphasis added]:
Obama, the puppet master
By JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN | 2/18/13 10:29 PM EST
President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.
Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated. Instead, the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.
Fire up the Waaaaahmbulance. Ah, that Big Brother Communist Kenyan Muslim interloper is JUST TOO SMART FOR US NEWSIES!!!! (Must be the antiChrist.) It continues, pretentiously: Continue reading