Bloggers Pound Politico Article Alleging DC Obama Discontent for its "Villager," "Ruling Class" Mentality

It looks like a Politicopile-on. This morning, the Politicopublished an already-panned piece discussing "widespread" anger against President Obama -- at least widespread in terms of anonymous sources coming from DC politicking and lobbying circles. The anger described in the piece comes less from policy issues, however, and more about whether the president has followed certain protocols of the DC power-shuffle.

While the articleitself may not be worth reading except as a head-shaking exercise, the criticism it's beginning to awaken on the blogosphere already is an excellent primer for what's wrong with "mainstream" D.C oriented political journalism.

Salon's Glenn Greenwald writes:

"Who, to Politico, are the only groups that matter in American politics? "Congressional Democrats. . . Democratic state party leaders . . . . Democratic lobbyists . . . business leaders . . . Republicans." And of what does this "reporting" consist? A bunch of petulant, cowardly royal court functionaries -- hiding as always behind "journalistic" anonymity -- whining in Politico about a series of petty ceremonial slights. That's what makes this article such a perfect exhibit of our self-absorbed political culture, and this article will undoubtedly shape much cable news chatter for today at least.

Meanwhile, Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo called the article "a distillation of what we desire not to be." He said that "Above all else, DC is a company town. Insular, incestuous, small. The Democrats took a pounding on election day. It's in the nature of the place to suddenly be unable to see anything except through that prism," The reality, he writes, is that "No one has any idea where we're going to be in two years."


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 8, 2010, 5:06am

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