The Right's attack on the mainstream press began more than thirty years ago, when the recently-retired Bill Safire put in then-not-yet-disgraced Vice President Spiro Agnew's mouth the words attacking "the nattering nabobs of negativism" in the press (always alliterative, that savvy Safire).
Members of the journo trade, used to seeing advance texts of speeches not yet delivered and polls about behavior not yet engaged in, barely stifle giggles at the bare-chested predictions delivered each week on the McLaghlin shoutfest, yet a big part of the daily news diet is made up of stories about things that haven't yet happened, and sometimes, as on Tuesday, never do.
It seems like a familiar story -- a family reduced to near-hysterics in the long-running campaign to save their daughter, now tearfully denouncing a judge who seems deaf to their pleas, and a country riveted by the spectacle. Except it's happening now, halfway around the world, and the girl in question is languishing not in a hospice but in an Indonesian jail.
CNN is devoting a full week to marking the two-decade reign of Larry King. I hereby declare this Larry King Video Week at ETP. The celebration kicks off with something actually aired, on the night of the death of famed attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. Larry starts up by asking perhaps the sharpest question ever posed on American television....