LAT reporter James Rainey coins the term “discordulum,” an invented region of the brain of any presidential campaign reporter which is devoted to recognizing conflict.
“From this hyper-developed brain center come stories about the certain demise of some politicians (John McCain), the inevitable success of others (Hillary Rodham Clinton) and the extreme probability that hostilities, once started, will never end.”
Rainey takes political reporters and their discordulums to task for “often firing on the same overheated synapses, even when conflict is waning.”
“For discord-centric members of the media, it’s not so easy to give up the last story line. So expect another moment of cognitive dissonance on the near horizon: It will come when Clinton concedes, embraces Obama and begins working furiously for her onetime rival.
It’s what Clinton has promised all along. It just didn’t register in the media discordula.”