Political Reporting 101

The fact that this article even has to be written is kind of disturbing.

For one thing, there are lots of anecdotes, and it’s much too easy to report only those that reinforce the reporter’s prejudices. The approved story line about Mr. Bush is that he’s a bluff, honest, plain-spoken guy, and anecdotes that fit that story get reported. But if the conventional wisdom were instead that he’s a phony, a silver-spoon baby who pretends to be a cowboy, journalists would have plenty of material to work with.

OK? Has anyone else besides Krugman pointed out that Bush is the phoniest phony cowboy ever? How many cowboys do you know that went to Yale? Anyone can buy some boots and a hat. Hell, I did. Nobody calls me a cowboy. Redneck, maybe…

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