Thanks to CNN's overactive imagination, news consumers experienced a brief dose of 9/11 nostalgia panic as a routine Coast Guard training exercise magically transformed into a touch-and-go bit of terrorist interdiction on the high seas!
Driving today's fearful discussion about czars this morning is a Politico article that 's a fine example of what it does best: provide a distillation of political scuttlebutt and press releases into a story.
Did you hear about that time a bunch of private security contractors went to Afghanistan to guard State Department facilities in Kabul, and turned it into a non-stop orgy of drunken insanity? Not all of the Morning Joe gang took it seriously.
The problem with the public's perception of a public option is that many are completely misinformed by the media, who when it isn't actively distorting the debate, is playing the role of lazy stenographer.
This morning, on his radio show, Beck told his listeners that "they" -- a word he'll use fourteen times inside a minute and a half -- have staged some sort of coup d'etat, that "they" have cleverly disguised as an election. It's only Monday!