Eric Boehlert’s great book Lapdogs has an entire chapter dedicated to ABC’s The Note. Before reading this book I did not know how influential The Note is. From the book,
It is impossible to overstate the behind-the-scenes influence of The Note. Whereas ten or even five years ago a serious examination of the Beltway press might put the work of New York Times’s D.C. bureau under a microscope and dissect it for clues to media trends and emphasis, today it’s The Note the most succinctly speaks for the political press elite, and whose body of work deserves close attention.
Boehlert goes on with examples of The Note’s influence. And then he goes on to show how The Note has a Republican/conservative “conventional wisdom” anti-Democrat bias.
The other day I wrote about how The Note was carrying on Republican smears, writing,
Democrats have to root root root for bad news. And no bad news source is better for the Democrats’ election prospects than the bad news from Iraq.
But The Note today tops itself, and comes out blatantly in support of Republicans over Democrats. From The Note today:
A majority of the minority will be in their hearts for higher taxes, universal health care, a heightened emphasis on civiil liberties, and a dramatic and swift reduction of troops from Iraq. They know it, the RNC, NRCC, NRSC, and The Note all know it — the Democrats just have to hope that the American people don’t find out until February.
Can they be more blatant?