Boehlert Chides Press For Picking On Dems

Eric Boehlert, author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush, adapts part of his book for the most recent Washington Monthly.

Boehlert’s target is ABC’s The Note, which Boehlert refers to as “an indispensable guide to the chatter of the GOP.” But Boehlert is not limiting his criticism to ABC, but cites this as a growing problem in the media:

“But most of the reasons for The Note’s effective, if inadvertent, RNC shilling have to do with broader factors affecting the mainstream media in general. These include a consolidated media landscape in which owners are multinational corporations, many of which share interests with the GOP. Equally important has been a tight Republican grip on Congress and the White House, which, combined with hardball tactics, has allowed Republicans to intimidate the press corps.”

“Adding to the chorus has been a deep-pocketed right-wing noise machine ready to pounce on any traces of ‘bias,’ which has caused the press to veer defensively to the right. … And journalists, despite their reputation for leftish politics, understand that advancing their careers will be difficult if they’re perceived as being overtly left or contemptuous of Republicans. By contrast, being tough on Democrats ups their credibility and is rewarded.”

Halperin — any rebuttal?