Nothing makes a female character more likeable than her falling for a temperamental man and then whining about him to her best friend. Next time Baquet punches the wall, try to look lovestruck. Then whisper: "OMG he totally punched the wall! Does that mean he likes me?"
The first time I clicked on this Politico article, titled "Obama, class warrior," I had to check my calendar. Had I forgotten April Fools Day? What else could explain what otherwise struck me as a purposeful -- indeed, expertly executed -- parody of a Politico article?
Why Woodward decided to stage a media tour based on a false premise of a non-existent threat remains to be seen. But we do know Woodward's now an honorary practitioner of the far right's Phony Outrage Machine.
It strikes me as a useful exercise to examine the underlying assumptions determining what makes a story "important" in the mind of a Washington insider. After all, it certainly doesn't appear to be a story's implications for policymaking or even its informed discussion of the issues.