This Is What’s Wrong With The News Media’s Political Coverage

From Wednesday’s Boston Globe big wet kiss to only-Doug-Rubin-knows-for-sure U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren:

In an hourlong interview, she spoke often of the now-familiar story of her humble roots in Oklahoma. Her parents struggled financially, almost losing their home after her father had a heart attack. But it was also a time, she said, when the government made it possible for a woman who married at 19 and dropped out of college to get an education that led her to the Harvard Law School faculty in 1992.

The now-familiar story?

Ask ten people in the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts about Elizabeth Warren and 1) 98% won’t know who she is; 2) 99.99% won’t know the first thing about her.

That’s how familiar Warren’s story is. To all appearances, this is news coverage by the chin-strokerati for the politerati. Which, to all appearances, is all too prevalent.

Then again . . .

Campaign Outsider Certified Footnotes®:

1) Elsewhere in Wednesday’s Globe – Special Elizabeth Warren Edition! – Metro columnist Brian McGrory calls Warren “the most talked-about Democrat nobody really knows”

2) It’s possible that by “now-familiar story” the Globe’s big wet kiss meant “archetypal tale.”  In that case, the hardworking staff invokes the Emily Litella Exception.

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One Response to This Is What’s Wrong With The News Media’s Political Coverage

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