This bears on your reporting, I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented—which reinforces, I think, people’s cynicism about Washington generally. This is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalence.

—President Obama to the Associated Press, April 3, 2012

Well, who can be surprised that the President should have kicked off his reelection campaign’s spring offensive in front of an audience of journalists—or that his address took the form of a slashing partisan attack on Republicans, named and unnamed, which the assembled journalists cheered to the echo. The allegedly “cynical” media have always been the most devoted, the most undisillusionable believers in Mr. Obama’s...


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