The present executive branch has made it a practice to try and control and intimidate news organizations: from PBS to CBS to Newsweek. They placed a former male escort in the White House press pool to pose as a reporter – and then called upon him to give the president a hand at crucial moments. They paid actors to make phony video press releases and paid cash to some reporters who were willing to take it in return for positive stories. And every day they unleash squadrons of digital brownshirts to harass and hector any journalist who is critical of the President.
While it could be argued whether or not the White House specifically paid people to write certain stories, the brownshirt comments are just throwing meat to the base.
On this one, Nyhan and I share the same brain.
I have worked to expose the dishonest tactics of the White House PR operation for more than four years. I share much of Gore’s outrage, but this sort of partisan attack will obscure, rather than clarify, the fundamental democratic issues that are at stake.
If you talk like the fringe, you are the fringe.
Gore can do better than this.