Liberals can never just make a principled argument. It has to be Bambi against Hitler.
Needless to say, with this sort of rigorous debate taking place in the adversary press, the arguments have been sharpened to a razor's edge. Sen. Joe Lieberman said the country needs campaign finance reform because the current system is "discouraging a lot of people from coming out and voting." Discouraging people from voting? Why not claim campaign finance reform will rescue the Nasdaq?
Even Bill Clinton's favorite journalist, Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times (as Clinton told Brill's Content), described Lieberman's insane assertion as "a really hard argument to make." But Brownstein said "the larger point the senator made" -- that we need campaign finance reform -- "is correct."
That occurred on "CNN Sunday" in a program that presented a total of three opinions: Two from enthusiastic proponents of the McCain-Feingold bill and one from the guy who pronounced Lieberman's "larger point" -- buried within an idiocy -- "correct."
On the same day, ABC's "This Week" had precisely one guest on campaign finance reform. Guess which side he was on? Campaign finance "reform" supporter Warren Buffett was hammered with such tough questions from the adversary press as: "I love your analysis" and "So it's a shakedown?" Also that day, CBS' "Face the Nation" balanced two supporters of McCain-Feingold against yet another supporter of campaign finance reform -- albeit not the McCain-Feingold bill.
Evidently, everyone supports the media's exalted role as the sole disseminators of political information. Everyone, that is, except a few self-serving and presumptively corrupt U.S. senators. (No Don Quixotes they.) Americans are clamoring for more restrictions on their speech. Stop us before we speak again!
A typical news report on McCain-Feingold stated that the defeat of the McCain-Feingold bill would preserve "a status quo that might frustrate Americans but serve politicians." The news report sadly continued that "despite the taint of scandal, the American people might not care enough to force change."
But deep down, according to the media, the "American people" support the media 100 percent!
Meanwhile, in endless polls of the long-suffering "American people," campaign finance reform has never ranked among their top 10 concerns. Taxes are always in the top 10. But the Senate isn't considering Bush's tax cut. It's spending two weeks on a special-interest bill to expand one industry's monopoly on information. At least if the oil companies were granted a monopoly by the government, the media would report it.