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In the midst of a defense of the “Wanker of the Day” feature, Ezra makes such a nice summary of the problem:

The feature actually has a substantive point. Among other things, the lefty blogosphere was founded on a critique of the mainstream media that argued, contrary to popular belief, that the media was not actually liberal. The individuals who comprised it may have been tolerant on cultural issues, but years of sustained attacks from the right had cowed reporters into a hollow set of “objective” protocols that served to obscure truth rather than enhance it. Simultaneously, decades of sustained attacks on liberals had spurred “serious pundits” to underscore their independence by routinely attacking the left. The result was a media which may have voted Democratic, but was fairly hostile to progressivism.

Well said.

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