Dog bites dog

Dog bites dog: It’s not really earth-shattering when someone in the White House says the “mainstream” news media is irrelevant, as Ken Aluetta’s piece this week in the New Yorker reports (not online). It’s a little more significant when the mainstream newsmedia says that about itself.

Quote from New Yorker via the Washington Post:

Karl Rove says Bush has “a cagey respect” for the press but views it as “elitist,” a bunch of people trying “to get a headline or get a story that will make people pay attention to their magazine, newspaper or television more.” And Chief of Staff Andrew Card agrees that journalists “don’t represent the public any more than other people do.”

Quote from the Reed Johnson of the LA Times:

The leader of the free world isn’t alone in his meager estimation of the fourth estate. It’s no secret that the public’s faith in the mass media has been slipping for years, that journalists today are regarded by many Americans as predatory, biased, out of touch with readers, motivated by personal agendas, complacent and complicit with the corporate and governmental powers that be…What’s striking today is how many media insiders and observers agree that the profession is falling down on the job. Bookstands teem with teeth-gnashing titles testifying to the media’s alleged moral vacuousness, lack of fairness and independence, or sheer incompetence.