Matthew Boyle in the Daily Caller writes about Politico’s Amie Parnes, who covers the Michelle Obama beat…
…where “cover the beat” means “relentlessly flaks for her supposed subject”:
reporter Amie Parnes is a watchdog, but not in the traditional journalistic sense. Critics say Parnes is a vigilant protector of Michelle Obama’s public image, a beat reporter who acts as a press agent for the official she covers.
Parnes’s fawning coverage of the first lady has inspired Betsy Rothstein of FishbowlDC.com to launch a “Parnes-o-Meter,” which ranks Parnes’s pieces about Michelle Obama on a scale of 1 to 10 kisses. “People have asked me, over and over again, for the past three weeks, ‘Why do you hate Amie Parnes? Why do you have such a personal thing against her?’” Rothstein told The Daily Caller. “The fact is that I’ve never met her. I don’t know her and this isn’t personal. It’s totally professional. I’ve watched her work, I’ve read her work, day in and day out, and there is never anything, not even slightly, critical of the first lady. It’s absurd coverage. As a media reporter, I don’t know how I couldn’t point that out.”
To the leftymedia, criticism equal “hate”. Fascinating.
Now, please read Boyle’s entire piece; it does a great job of setting up one of the more egregious cases of media bias out there.
But it brings up a fascinating idea; why not adapt the Parnes-O-Meter to covering the regional media?
Why not rate regional media for the soft-balliness (?) of their coverage of Mark Dayton and the DFL?
Rate the coverage on a scale of 1-5 smooches?
I’ll work on some objective (!) criteria. It’s almost too good not to run with…