A Lousy Year to Be a Democrat–If You’ve Been a Republican for 44 Years Before That

I’ve commented before on the corporate media’s tendency to cherry-pick election results to illustrate their favorite political moral: that Democrats need to move to the right.

Still, I was surprised, after a day of voting in which there was one major race pitting a Democrat against a Republican–the special election in Rep. Jack Murtha’s old district in Pennsylvania, which the Democrat won quite handily–the New York Daily News provided this analysis (5/19/10):

Tuesday’s balloting is a fresh reminder of what all the combatants have understood for months: It’s a lousy year to be a Democrat, an incumbent or Barack Obama.

Based on what, exactly? The only election result that’s even mentioned is Sen. Arlen Specter’s Democratic primary loss to Rep. Joe Sestak. That just showed that last year was a lousy year to become a Democrat.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.