Steve Benen offers a different angle on Matt Cooper:
Responding to this, Matt Yglesias explained, “The issue … isn’t that the right doesn’t have an outlet equivalent to TPM or other progressive sites. There are tons and tons of conservative media outlets, most of them with a web presence…. What the right lacks are people with the skill to do the job.”
To that end, two major new media outlets have each made a major hire in recent weeks.
- TPM Media hired Matt Cooper, a 20-year veteran of political journalism and former White House correspondent for Time, to be a Washington correspondent.
- Pajamas Media hired Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, an unemployed, unlicensed plumber, to be a war correspondent in Israel.
“What the right lacks are people with the skill to do the job.”
Even Steve’s post quotes me, I hadn’t thought about the Cooper/TPM thing in that light. But in retrospect, I do think that’s the right way to see it. Part of progressive media growing up is getting some big time people into the mix.