How ‘Death Panels’ Became a ‘Justifiable Political Claim’

Columnist Rick Perlstein has a new analysis of “Birthers, Town Hall Hecklers and the Return of Right-Wing Rage” in the Washington Post (8/16/09). In it, he tells why “liberals are right to be vigilant about manufactured outrage,” and particularly about how the mainstream media can too easily become that outrage’s entry into the political debate. … Conservatives have become adept at playing the media for suckers, getting inside the heads of editors and reporters, haunting them with the thought that maybe they are out-of-touch cosmopolitans and that their duty as tribunes of the people’s voices means they should treat Obama’s […]