I and others are commenting on Thompson’s tantrum at/on Fox. With Hillary’s attack on Tim Russert and the general griping about debate moderators I think we have set a record in this primary season for candidates who whine about the media. It does appear we have a thinner skinned crop of candidates this time out — or that their campaigns have overestimated the mileage they will get out of complaining about media bias. There are certain fixed rules in politics and one is: if you are complaining about your coverage and media treatment you are losing. Sometimes the complaint is justified (CNN did appear to tilt toward Hillary in the last debate and post-debate coverage– with Carville and Begala no less) and sometimes it isn’t, but complaining about it never works. Voters just conclude the whiner is not tough enough or resilient enough to take a punch.
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