You know---the conservative anthropologist, who comes on camera frequently to explain to CNN's on-air talent the behavior of these peculiar species known as "conservatives" or "Republicans."
David Gergen is getting stale---time for a fresh, new face up there!
I can almost hear the National Geographic theme music in the background.
In today's Powerline John Hindraker calls for conservatives to expand the parallel media architechture we've built to counter the MSM's liberal bias:
[t]he mainstream media--which is to say, most reporters and editors who work for "mainstream" news organizations--have no honor and are not interested in truth. They are, as Card says, "the public relations machine of the Democratic Party." It's time to accept that fact and move on. Our existing news organizations--the New York Times, the Associated Press, NBC, CNN, CBS, and so on--can't be reformed, they can only be ignored. It is time for conservatives, libertarians, moderates, and normal citizens who are interested in straightforward reporting of the news to build their own news organizations in competition with the corrupt ones that now exist.
Well...CNN might take note of that and think to itself:
Hmmm...maybe Howard Kurtz won't be enough this time.
Normally, after an election, we deploy Howard Kurtz for a series of hard-hitting "investigations" on liberal bias in the media. We listen thoughtfully to what Howard has to say, nod knowingly as he tells us that we need to do better...and then ignore him.
That may not work this time. While John Hinderaker is a conservative, he's no nut.
We might need to try something new.
A ha! We can fool people by bringing in some fresh token conservatives to put on the air!
Who can we get. We need a new, fresh face!
I wouldn't be surprised if Kathleen Parker thought the same thing to herself a month or so ago, right before she called on Palin and the McCain campaign to commit political seppuku when she urged Palin to withdraw from the race "for the country."
Kathleen, had you ever been on the Colbert Show before? Yet, you wrote that article---and suddenly, you weren't obscure anymore!
Hey, David Gergen---you may want to be looking for a new TV gig soon.