The media and the Muslim rioters have a certain amount in common. Both feel that they have not been treated with the respect they are entitled to, and are boiling over with rage as a result.
One crucial difference is that we really do need to keep most Muslims on our side, or at least neutral. In the case of the MSM, no such considerations apply. They declared open war on the Bush administration in 2004. The result was their Stalingrad. No matter how hard they tried they could not carry John Kerry across the finish line. But after the endless series of false and misleading stories aimed at defeating Bush the chances of their ever getting access from this WH were nil.
Now they are sliding more and more quickly towards irrelevance. Which makes them ever more angry and unhinged. Which makes them ever more irrelevant.
It has taken the GOP a while to catch on, but they are now starting to utilize the new media to get their message out.
I believe the 2008 election cycle will see the death of the old media. The Republican party will surely insist that some of the presidential debates be moderated by Brit Hume or a similar figure. Political news will increasingly be spread via the "new media" of cable TV, radio and blogs. To use an analogy which they are partial to, the Old Media are trapped in a quagmire. The Cheney story is the desperate flailing about of sinking journalists hoping to show that they still matter.
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