“What haircut stories tell us about the press”

From Eric Boehlert:

    [B]ut in the wake of the Edwards haircut saga, it’s hard not to be contemptuous of the press. And I’m not just referring to its skewed pursuit of trivia. Fact: According to TVeyes.com, CNN aired more references to John Edwards’ haircut than it did to Edwards’ reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban on so-called partial birth abortions.

    For one, haircut stories reveal a very creepy media undercurrent as millionaire pundits use the mini-controversies to prove that they — unlike spurious Democrats — are still in touch with their working roots. Why journalists feel they need to manufacture blue-collar bona fides remains unclear. (What are they running for?) Yet they regularly press the point in the context of supposedly unmasking “phony” Democrats.