As noted by the navel-gazing NYT:
It is not clear whether [Mrs. Clinton's] substantive case [against McCain] would break through the story line about how well she would do in easing tensions with Mr. Obama and unifying the party.
Is there not anything more important at stake in this election than clashing personalities, emotions, and tribalism? Not the economy? Not foreign policy? Obama's liberal internationalism or McCain's hotheaded belligerence and moral posturing -- not a difference that matters, perhaps? Or at least not as much as whether Clinton gestured enough during her speech to convey whole-hearted support for Obama. It's sickening. Just sickening.
What ever happened to the Fourth Estate? To the civic role of the press in a flourishing democracy? To the idea that their purpose, as journalists, is to educate and inform citizens on the pressing issues of the day? Where are the public broadcasters when you need them?
This ranting and exhortation is all very well, but I wish something could come of it. (Perhaps one day it will, if enough people come to recognize and deplore the problem.) It would be nice if the media could be shamed into raising their standards -- just imagine if they had to affix an immature-looking horse stamp on all their substance-free political reporting, or banish it to the 'entertainment' section as I suggested above. As it is, they get to pretend they're doing "serious" journalism, as a high-status "newspaper of note". And we're supposed to take them seriously! What a sham.