Rush Limbaugh and MSNBC have more in common than either would like to admit. They both willingly supress criticism of their preferred political party in an effort to help them win elections, writes the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald. And the problem of press-suppressed criticism is worsening as the permanent political cycle lengthens.
Greenwald has previously written on the subject of the "permanent campaign," noting that for a typical 48-month presidential term, the press spends 18 of those covering campaigns. That allows the sitting president to quietly push an agenda without much scrutiny. This weakens the media's role as an informer of government activities, even when they claim they'll be more critical.
What both Limbaugh and MSNBC highlight, Greenwald notes, is that all political discussion must first go through a partisan lens focused on "the evils of the other party" while espousing the benefits of their own.
So while progressivists, or conservatives, say they'll be more aggressive with their own party, as previously highlighted, the impulse to defeat the other side will always subsume the desire to critique how one's own party wields power.
Via the Guardian