Not long after boldly hurling a profanity at a New York Times reporter, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum boasted that "you're not really a real Republican" unless you've cursed out a reporter from the Times.
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin quickly chimed in, cheering on Santorum from her media-criticism duck blind at Fox News by saying "good on ya" and "he's saying enough is enough of the liberal media twisting a conservative's words, putting words in his mouth, taking things out of context, and even just making things up."
So now every Republican might feel inclined to cuss out any old reporter in order to achieve the coveted "really real Republican" status. And that will undoubtedly force Democrats to follow suit, lest they be labeled "weak on journalists."
This is a bad development for the media, but of course it's not a big surprise. In terms of public perception, a reporter tends to rank somewhere between root canal and mole rat infestation.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 77 percent of people think news organizations tend to favor one side.
Pot, meet kettle. Partisans are biased in their judgments of media bias.