Mark Penn, former Clinton strategist, was interviewed by CBSnews.com and was asked about the credibility of the MSM in the wake of their coverage of Governor Palin.I really couldn’t have said it any better myself…
CBSNews.com: So you think the media is being uniquely tough on Palin now?
Mark Penn: Well, I think that the media is doing the kinds of stories on Palin that they’re not doing on the other candidates. And that’s going to subject them to people concluding that they’re giving her a tougher time. Now, the media defense would be, “Yeah, we looked at these other candidates who have been in public life at an earlier time.”
What happened here very clearly is that the controversy over Palin led to 37 million Americans tuning into a vice-presidential speech, something that is unprecedented, because they wanted to see for themselves. This is an election in which the voters are going to decide for themselves. The media has lost credibility with them.
Italics are mine.
My only quibble would be that I might have said “The media continues to lose credibility with them and I doubt they’ve any left to lose.”