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Ken Muldrew

Obama tried the Nixon route last night.

Checkers?

Linkmeister

Well, if 17,000+ comments at ABCNews.com are any indication, the public cares. Gibson and Snuffleupagaus are so far claiming their hearts are pure and their heads in the right place (see Greg Sargent's interview with Steph. at TPM Election Central).

Batocchio

The Insiders are already dismissing all criticism as sour grapes.

ABC's also gotten a huge number of calls and e-mails in addition to the comments Linkmeister notes. There would be more if ABC hadn't disabled commenting (I don't know if it's back up). Even the AP noted that negative reactions have outweighed the positives by eight to one. ABC is doing the usual journo ego-fluffing, but that's a pretty clear sign you just suck.

But aside from that, Lance, this is one of the better explanations of Beltway media BS I've seen, articulating themes and dynamics that Digby, Somerby and many other liberal bloggers have tried to tackle. Ive always been struck in particular by the special loathing for Democrats among the so-called liberal media. There's a horrible contempt for policies and their effect on average Americans.

The one good debate I've heard to date was on NPR. for the most part, they haven't been true debates, just joint press conferences, but the people paid millions to ask the question have done far worse than most liberal bloggers or the League of Women Voters would do.

diav

Another great post. I have often wondered why Clinton and Obama keep subjecting themselves to this nonsense. Why not move the debate to the internet? Have real people, or perhaps someone like Bill Moyers or even Lance Mannion or Digby, ask the questions.

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