The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza’s curious take on the Mark Halperin affair:
The truth of the Halperin matter is that all reporters (or others) who go on television frequently are forever in a ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ situation…. We know of what we speak, having found ourselves tongue-tied or worse on any number of occasions while staring into a camera. And in an ill-fated 2009 video venture known as ‘Mouthpiece Theater,’ The Fix had to live down an inappropriate reference to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For those who might be unaware, he’s referring to the skit where he and Post colleague Dana Milbank likened Hillary Clinton to a “mad bitch.” This was a scripted satirical video; the “bitch” reference came in the form of an image, which would suggest they’d thought about it well in advance. There’s something utterly predictable– and pathetic– about reporters who react to these scandals by suggesting that if you talk into a microphone often enough you’re bound to say something stupid.