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June 28th, 2013
thesmithian
…there’s so little introspection among those who told [the public] to believe the White House was in ‘crisis.’ The public couldn’t help but hear about the ‘Obama scandals,’ and will never see any front-page headlines declaring the scandals over…much of the public can be forgiven for assuming the worst. Everyone from Jon Stewart to Rush Limbaugh spent much of May expressing disgust with the president for stories like the IRS controversy, which turned out not to be a controversy at all, at least not for the White House. And…The perception has already taken root. Obama was surrounded by several ‘scandals’; his every move…little more than an effort to distract attention from his many controversies; and everyone knows where there’s smoke, there’s fire, right? The walkbacks from the commentators who were wrong never appear, because that’s just not how our discourse seems to work. The political world treated Scandal Mania as a toy for several weeks, which eventually grew tiresome, which in turn led to a search for something new to play with. There is no effort to look back and explain to voters that Scandal Mania was itself a mirage, and the disgust was misplaced.
Steve Benen, at the Maddow Blog
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