Why Journalists Are Wimps

A brilliant piece by Matt Taibbi on the common species otherwise known as the political journalist:

Your average political reporter is a spineless dweeb who went to all

the best schools and made it to that privileged seat inside the

campaign-trail ropeline by being keenly sensitive to the editorial

wishes of his social and professional superiors.

When their bosses were for the war, they were for the war, and they

battered any candidate who was “weak on foreign policy.” When the

political winds shifted four years later and the consensus inside the

Beltway suddenly was that Iraq had been a hideous mistake, the

campaign-trail reporters mysteriously started sounding like Sixties

peaceniks on the plane and they hammered Hillary for refusing to admit

her error on the Iraq vote (none of these pundits had to admit their mistake on the same question, but whatever), clearing the way for Obama.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.