In sports, “working the ref” means blasting every decision the referee makes that goes against your side, with the hope that it will cause the ref to think he/she needs to “look impartial” and therefore give you a break you don’t deserve.
The Republican “liberal media” propaganda blitz is a similar strategy. By blasting everything the mainstream does as “liberal” the hope is twofold: First, that the public will not believe reports that are unfavorable to the Right, and second that the media, because they do not want to look “liberal,” will “self-censor” and give the right an undeserved break.
Well, this tactic is paying off in spades. CBS has decided not to tell the public some things it has uncovered about the Bush drive to war: The Fallout: ’60 Minutes’ Delays Report Questioning Reasons for Iraq War
According to the Newsweek report, the “60 Minutes” segment was to have detailed how the administration relied on false documents when it said Iraq had tried to buy a lightly processed form of uranium, known as yellowcake, from Niger. The administration later acknowledged that the information was incorrect and that the documents were most likely fake.