Yeah, I know it’s Paul Krugman — the Shrill One himself. Still, I can’t help but take some small encouragement from the fact that a New York Times columnist recognizes that one of the biggest factors in the outcome of the 2008 election is likely to be the media. Back in 2000, by making their own pissiness toward Al Gore a bigger focus in their election coverage than George W. Bush’s dishonesty and lack of qualification for the presidency, the “elite” media effectively gave us the Bush presidency.
Think what that means: this small collection of media prima donnas played a huge part in giving us Iraq, environmental neglect, corruption, assaults on civil liberties and the politics of fear.
So, could it happen again? Krugman thinks so.
In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney completely misrepresented how we ended up in Iraq. Later, Mike Huckabee mistakenly claimed that it was Ronald Reagan’s birthday.
Guess which remark The Washington Post identified as the “gaffe of the night”?
Folks, this is serious. If early campaign reporting is any guide, the bad media habits that helped install the worst president ever in the White House haven’t changed a bit.