The major media plays a much bigger role in the formation of our national politics than most people realize. The media helps define and choose the issues, and acts as gatekeeper in setting the limits for political discussion and sometimes even candidacies for public office.Howie P.S.: I know some of you are thinking, "DUH," but there are some interesting ideas here. I have noticed that all of a sudden Obama is not being "misunderestimated" in the media anymore, now that he is winning. A certain skepticism is justified about "new" candidates, but like the war in Iraq, the CW (conventional wisdom) was slow to catch on. As for Edwards, fair or not, I think media types had a hard time swallowing his policy and style "evolution" over the last few years, as well as the contrast between his lifestyle and political messages. As for McCain, the author fails to mention the "free ride" he's getting on his "Straight Talk Express."
But Obama has played the media like a violin, and unless he stumbles, it should carry him all the way to the White House.