Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Zeitgeist Victim?

Was it Al Gore who said:

The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Democratic Party. The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Atrios, Josh Marshall, Tim Noah - there's a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-liberal billionaires like that Saban guy who make political deals with Democratic administrations and the rest of the media ... Most of the media [has] been slow to recognize the pervasive impact of this fifth column in their ranks-that is, day after day, injecting the daily Democratic talking points into the definition of what's objective as stated by the news media as a whole...

Something will start at the Democratic National Committee, inside the building, and it will explode the next day on the left-wing blog network and in the newspapers that play this game, and Sidney Blumenthal and Carville will stir things up with an astroturf e-mailing effort. And then they'll create a little echo chamber, and pretty soon they'll start baiting the mainstream media for allegedly ignoring the story they've pushed into the zeitgeist. And then pretty soon the mainstream media goes out and disingenuously takes a so-called objective sampling, and lo and behold, these DNC talking points are woven into the fabric of the zeitgeist.

Or maybe that was somebody else.

I just can't remember clearly. My zeitgeist is acting up.

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