Stenography 101: How Politico & Fox Let Palin & Cheney Rig the System

Media Matters' Eric Boehlert explains how many in the the media (WSJ, Fox News, Politico, etc.) have become stenographers for the GOP:
Stenography 101: How the press let Palin and Cheney rig the system

Not content with its lapdog coverage of President Bush over the past decade, the Beltway press has adopted a new, super-soft way to deal with Bush's former vice president, Dick Cheney, as well as GOP media star Sarah Palin. Journalists have set aside what had been decades' worth of guidelines and embraced special new rules for how Cheney and Palin get treated.

In a word, it's stenography.

That's how too many scribes have covered Cheney and Palin in recent months, allowing them to dispense tightly controlled pieces of information, which journalists then trumpet as breaking news. And yes, the trend is unprecedented in modern day American politics.

Fox graphic via obrag.org

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