In a magazine piece previewed in the Times, Peter Baker drops thousands and thousands of words concerning the White House's effort to do something about the terrible economy. The piece sprawls on and on, but it never even attempts to move beyond insider sources who evince no knowledge whatsoever as to how actual Americans are living in the economy. The singular takeaway is that inside the bubble, everyone is doing pretty well in this economy. We'd send you a postcard, but who knows if you'll be in your home a week from now?
Lots of people despise the term "teachable moment" and I can understand why. A lot of the time, the phrase is invoked as a way of saying, "Hey, isn't the good news that all of you now have this awesome opportunity to learn from the monumental mistake I've just made?" Nevertheless, the Shirley-Sherrod-fiasco-as-teachable-moment idea came up at yesterday's White House press briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, so let's get into it.