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Washington Post columnist wants to know why Sunday talk shows don’t invite authors who blame everything that is wrong on Republicans!

by | May 16, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Norman J. Ornstein

With the credibility of the “mainstream media” in free-fall, you would hope that some of the leading lights might be unwilling to offer proof positive that they are every bit as much in the tank for Barack Obama as critics charge. And, in one narrow (very narrow) way, thus far the Sunday talk shows are resisting what must be an almost irresistible temptation: to book two political scientists who wrote an op-ed arguing that everything that is wrong in Washington, DC is the fault of Republicans.

I wrote about Thomas Mann’s and Norman Ornstein’s absurd opinion piece at So I won’t rehash what I wrote there except to say they demonstrate with remarkable precision every single attitude they attribute to Republicans–being “ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

Thomas E. Mann

But that doesn’t stop the likes of Greg Sargent of the Washington Post from lamenting that Mann and Orenstein—among the “most quoted men in Washington”—have not been invited on a single Sunday show to peddle their line, even though their publicity people have tried.

Sargent notes that the op-ed baits (my word) the Sunday talk shows because it

“takes on the media for falling into a false equivalence mindset and maintaining the pretense that both sides are equally to blame. Yet despite the frequent self-obsession of the media, even that angle has failed to generate any interest.”

The only explanation (given that “some reporters have privately indicated their frustration with their editorial overlords’ apparent deafness to this idea”) is…well, there really isn’t any explanation, nor is Sargent actually looking for one. He just wants to goad one of the talk shows into giving their outrageous thesis a wider audience and additional currency.

Let’s hope (to quote Sargent, referring to the talk show moderators) that “Howie, Dave, Bob, George, and  Candy” do not throw away their  remaining shards of credibility by giving a megaphone to Mann and Ornstein.

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