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

Enough with the “familiar” references to U.S. Senate wannabe Elizabeth Warren’s life story!

Two months ago (as the hardworking staff duly noted) it was a Boston Globe report that included this:

In an hourlong interview, [Warren] spoke often of the now-familiar story of her humble roots in Oklahoma.

Yesterday it was Globe columnist Adrian Walker’s turn, chronicling a Warren campaign rally at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury:

Once she reached the podium, Warren recited her increasingly familiar rise from poverty to the faculty of Harvard.

The hardworking staff will say it again:

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.

Cut to: Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, which featured a piece on the high-profile nature of the Scott Brown/Elizabeth Warren Senate bakeoff.

Nut graf:

The race pits two nationally known candidates who have been elevated to prominence by separate populist waves. Mr. Brown, propelled by tea-party activists, scored an upset win in a special election in early 2010, capturing the seat long held by Democrat Edward Kennedy. Ms. Warren, a Harvard Law School professor and prominent consumer-finance watchdog, has tapped into the anti-Wall Street sentiment that is illustrated by the world-wide “Occupy” protests.

Of course, by “nationally known” the Journal means known to the – wait for it – chin-strokerati.

And the mainstream media wonder why people don’t take them seriously.

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3 Responses to This Is What’s Wrong With The News Media’s Political Coverage (II)

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Warren has been lifted by a populist wave, although there is a certain shrillness to her campaign that is trying to put her there and a newspaper that is miffed that Sen. Brown sits in the Teddy Kennedy Memorial Senate Seat.

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