Watching the aftermath of today's big Obama speech, I noticed a very clear phenomenon. Post-speech, the morning anchors on CNN, Heidi Collins, and Tony Harris, took turns asking questions of political pundits — business as usual, except for one thing: each anchor had clearly been assigned a role. Harris's questions were passionate, seemingly a decided attempt to elicit pro-Obama answers. Conversely, Collins' questions were very pointed, repeatedly asking questions like, "if Obama didn't agree with Wright's statements, why didn't he leave the church?" Though media is also in the business of spin and opinion, placing usually objective anchors in those roles really stood out.
This coupled with the fact that in the 24-hour, insta-reaction, hypeaddled news culture, analysis isn't something that can be allowed to percolate. Wolf Blitzer has to tell you what to think before he even has a chance to think it for himself. Does this make for inaccurate analysis? Is it just sloppy spin? How much credibility do you give the spin cycle?
Wolf picture, shout out to tresjolie. . .