Along with complaining, I suppose I should point out good work, too. Here’s Elizabeth Holmes and Laura Meckler for The Wall Street Journal:
Despite significant evidence to the contrary, the McCain campaign continues to assert that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the federal government “thanks but no thanks” to the now-famous bridge to an island in her home state.
But I’ll repeat what I’ve said before: The ultimate test of what matters isn’t one-off articles but campaign narratives. During the 2000 campaign, the press developed a narrative about Al Gore being dishonest based almost entirely on things he didn’t even say. During the 2004 campaign, there was a narrative about John Kerry being a flip-flopper. In 2008, a robust narrative exists about Barack Obama being too aloof. This blog isn’t allowed to draw conclusions about the character of candidates for office, but reporters covering campaigns do it all the time and there’s a fairly obvious narrative about John McCain that could be built around his campaign’s penchant for repeating false claims about bridges, opponents’ tax plans, etc.