Some call The Washington Post's David Broder the "dean of the Washington press corps." Ken Silverstein
of Harper's phrases it slightly differently: Broder, he writes, "has long had his
head so far up Washington’s ass that he is incapable of understanding
that there are opinions in America beyond the ten Beltway insiders he
gets his talking points from." This affliction, he is quick to point out, is one "from which much of the D.C. press corps suffers, though
generally not in as advanced a state as Broder's." Under the headline
of "David Broder Rushed to Hospital for Emergency Craniorectal
Procedure," Silverstein enumerates his objections to Broder's Sunday
column, which approved of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs's recent bashing
of "the professional left."
On top of being "a typical Broder snoozer," the column needlessly attacks John Judis, a writer for The New Republic, "for having opinions that Broder deems out of the
mainstream--meaning anything to the left of, say, Senator Blanche
Lincoln." Furthermore, Broder winds up praising the late Ted Stevens and
former congressman Dan Rostenkowski: why, asks Silverstein, is Broder
so intolerant of liberals but completely fine with "crooked"
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