Not if his “pals” in the respectable media can help it. Morning Joe doesn’t care, and apparently neither do mainstream media stalwarts like Nina Totenberg. The perennial Mark Shields and Evan Thomas* were also on the panel:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I just want to respond to my liberal pals over here. I can’t believe you guys are covering for the administration on the Susan Rice thing when they themselves said five days later it was obviously a terror attack. Obviously, everybody could see it. So why for a week did the administration pretend that it was a demonstration?
NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: Well, it wouldn’t be a very good plan if they were pretending and then saying something different later.
KRAUTHAMMER: It’s a good plan because the longer you draw it out, the less that the media and the country will care about it. It’s an issue, you seize of the issue right away, and it’s worked. Who talks about it other than…
GORDON PETERSON, HOST: Well, we’re talking about it.
KRAUTHAMMER: The third PBS segment of the show. Come on, give me a break.
PETERSON: Now you’re insulting your audience, the people who are still with us.
KRAUTHAMMER: No, these are the nine people in America who really care about stuff. What about all the others?
The same nine people who read blogs like this one, I reckon. Perhaps there’ll be a few more of them by November 6. And a nice trick there by moderator† Gordon Peterson, accusing Krauthammer of “insulting” their audience. Actually, Krauthammer was insulting a show that bumped what should be an election game-changer to the third segment. A biased host, 3 leftward gentlepersons, and a righty. American public television.
[HT: Newsbusters. See also the estimable Walter Russell Mead, on the Washington Post’s latest coverage. The count of people who really care about stuff is now up to at least eleven. Perhaps even twelve, O gentle reader.]
*July 7, 2004: “The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them, collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.” [Thomas later revised downward to 5 points.]
†July 20, 2012: “Gordo, you’re killing me. This is a week when Obama makes the gaffe of the year, and you lead with the [Romney] taxes. I’ll be a good soldier. I’ll play along. This is an arm of the DNC, I know, but I’ll play along.”