Media Self-Importance

Much is being made of Rand Paul’s (R, KY) friction with NLMSM interviewers, his disagreements with NBC‘s Savannah Guthrie being the latest.

Even Fox News‘ Howard Kurtz is in on the act:

What Paul bought himself by indulging the desire to lecture the “Today” show co-host [Guthrie] was days of media attention focused almost entirely on his temperament, and not on the issues he wants to talk about.

Kurtz went on at some length about Paul’s disagreements with Guthrie and with other NLMSM interviewers.

Therein lies the problem. These folks would rather talk about the supposed abuse of their own by impertinent candidates than talk about what those candidates are saying in the interviews. Of course, Kurtz cast this media behavior as a test of candidates’ ability to handle the stress of high office, but that’s just an Obama-esque effort to obfuscate the matter.

The “media attention focused almost entirely on [Paul’s] temperament” is entirely the media’s choice, a conscious decision to ignore the issues a candidate talks about and instead to obsess over their own.

And some accuse President Barack Obama of narcissism. Jeez.

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