An unforeseen consequence stemming from the IRS's unfair scrutiny of politically conservative organizations and the Justice Department's secret seizure of Associated Press phone records: The right and the mainstream media have found themselves tucked under the same blanket.
Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker says the two are pretty much on the same team most times anyway.
From her Wednesday column:
Americans accustomed to hating the media — a popular pastime of self-proclaimed “new media,” often meaning someone with an iPhone and a laptop — should stop hitting “snooze” on their wake-up call right about now. When the choice is between distrusting reporters and distrusting the government, there’s no contest, especially when the aggrieved are groups of people (tea partyers and self-proclaimed patriots) whose chief organizing principle is distrust of government.
Reporters, though they are merely human with all the attendant imperfections, are fundamentally on the patriot team. They’re sort of like cops: You hate them when their blue lights appear in the rear view, but you love them when something goes bump in the night.