Braindead Media Flashback

It’s easy to get nostalgic for “the good old days” but Brad DeLong reminds us that dumb media coverage has always been with us, citing Walter Lippman in October 1968:

I believe that there really is a “new Nixon,” a maturer and mellower man who is no longer clawing is way to the top, and it is, I think, fair to hope that his dominating ambition will be to become a two-term President. He is bright enough to know that this will be impossible if he remains sunk in the Vietnam quagmire. Ending the war is indispensable if he is to become a successful President…

A good point.