Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Making too much of Rove?

Fascinating discussion about this piece by Jay Rosen in his PressThink blog: Karl Rove and the Religion of the Washington Press:
Conservatives think the ideology of the Washington press corps is liberal. Liberals think the press is conservative in the sense of protecting its place in the political establishment. Karl Rove once said that the press is “less liberal than it is oppositional.”
...Whereas I believe that the real—and undeclared—ideology of American journalism is savviness, and this is what made the press so vulnerable to the likes of Karl Rove.

Over at Hullaballoo, Digby comments in Savvy Fools, but even more interesting, in another posting on how Rove is regarded, Architectural Disaster: quoting Andrew Sullivan, who says Rove is "one of the worst political strategists in recent times", she reacts:
That's refreshing because mostly what I'm hearing in the press today is the glorious story of "the architect" as if he'd built something other than a huge pile of rotting compost.
(...although I'm willing to admit that getting a braindead playboy like Junior elected four times to anything, much less governor and president, does take some skill.)

After reading this, Bill Plante's shouted question to the president yesterday sounds brilliant....



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