Charles Krauthammer captures the current media modus operandi precisely in his column today. The anchors and pundits would have you believe that suddenly that awful mudslinging negativity is about to arrive — now that Bush-Cheney will unload some advertising dough. They just ignore all the free Bush-hating hot air we’ve been listening to from the Deans and Sharptons and Jousting Johns for a year and a half.
I would only add one amendment: this “clever attempt at political insulation” includes the TV news media largely failing to scrutinize Kerry’s biography or voting record. Instead of acting like professionals and scrutinizing it, they’re going to force the GOP to spend advertising dollars doing their job, and then they’ll get down to what they see as their next Kerry-coddling mission: “correcting” the ad claims and painting the Bushies as uncivil ad assassins.