John Dickerson, political news director for CBS, is under fire from Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and others on the right for penning a column last week that said President Obama should "pulverize" Republicans if he wants to be "transformational."
Dickerson was "simply" being honest, writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal:
The media will clearly help Team Obama try to marginalize the Republican opposition. Take the jaw-dropping posting last Friday by CBS News Political Director John Dickerson on Slate.com, in which he counseled Mr. Obama to "declare war on the Republican Party" because he "can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP." According to Mr. Dickerson, if the president "wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat" and "pulverize" and "his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents."
After a wave of conservative outrage, Mr. Dickerson tried to back-peddle on Tuesday, saying his piece was "analysis—not advice." The proper response to this is a belly laugh. Media bias is hardly confined to Dan Rather's former network. Mr. Dickerson simply wrote what many of his colleagues believe.