While this week's document dump from WikiLeaks on the war in Afghanistan may objectively contain no blockbuster -- game-changing disclosures in the form of any single document, it still manages to create something extraordinary: an extended period of time in which the media rushed to the cameras to insist that the big story is that there is no big story at all.
Let's recall: the rickety bandwagon that provides the peg for Politico's whole "Age Of Rage" item is Andrew Breitbart's calculatedly deceptive smear of Shirley Sherrod, which resulted in a massive rush-to-judgment orgasm from the media that sprinted ahead of common sense. John Harris and Jim VandeHei have essentially cast themselves in the role of Tiresias, and they are warning us today that if you do not want to see the coming Rage Age, tear out your eyes now! It's getting really weird to hear an organization that's cast itself as a "new-media" leader constantly admit that it doesn't understand the first thing about it.
The Shirley Sherrod affair is one of those stories that has absolutely no ambiguity to it. Alex Pareene basically captures what happened in the subhed...
As a general rule, I have little respect for political analysis that boils down the problems of elected officials as "communications problems." America's problem is not that Obama is doing a poor job "connecting" with voters on the economy. Why? Because if tomorrow, President Obama wakes up and suddenly does such a fantastic job "connecting" and "communicating" with voters on the economy, the structural problem of unemployment -- in which the unemployed struggle to connect with job openings -- will still exist. Magic words -- even awesome ones like "Accio, employment!" -- do not remove the underlying problem.