Better Red Than Dead?

Eric Alterman reviews the gyrations the press must go through to meet the obligation they seem to feel to do dignified reporting about a passel of snakeoil salesmen:

“The United States government is currently run by a group of people for whom verifiable truth holds no particular privilege over ideologically inspired nonsense. For members of the mainstream media, trying to maintain a sense of self-importance and solemnity and to keep the wing nuts from crowing for more scalps, this requires a series of stratagems to keep up the scripted charade, no matter how foolish it makes them look or feel while doing so.” (The Nation )