©2007 Nathan Tabor
a secret within the news business—a secret probably only veteran
reporters and their friends know, but would be loathe to
admit—reporters don’t really like surprises.
that might seem an odd statement to make about people who make their
living pushing news. But the
unexpected can really mess up the story you’ve just written, which, in
turn, can cause you more work, more stress, and more time at your
a result of this phenomenon, once the major media have anointed a
front-runner for President, they don’t like a maverick honing in on
his—or this year, her—territory.
They want to defend their choice for a given party’s nominee
because, if some upstart actually makes a contest out of it, it could
play havoc with their work schedules.
it’s not surprising that the mainstream media would just like to see
Republicans anoint Rudolph Giuliani as their standard-bearer and be done
with it. After all, he’s
leading in public opinion polls, he makes for good copy, and the media
can have a field day with his various attempts at cross-dressing.
there are those outside the liberal mainline media—talk show hosts
known for their conservatism— who are rooting for Rudy too. They
are touting the fact that he “cut more taxes than any (other) mayor in
the man who’s been dubbed “
addition, Giuliani is not in a position to defend family values, given
his history of defending special rights for people who actively engage
in a homosexual lifestyle. As
Michael Long of the
Giuliani the most liberal candidate running for the White House?
Hillary and Barack could certainly give him a run for his liberal
money. But the hero of 9/11
is no conservative, and it would be a mistake for the mainstream media
to count out conservatives this Presidential election season—even if
it would cause them trouble meeting their deadlines.