it seems the MSM only discovers civil discourse when a handful of conservatives are being prominently uncivil and when accusation fly (even unsubstantiated ones) of bigoted comments by right-wingers.
Today, Michael Barone asks, Where was mainstream media on Bush death threats?
The indefatigable Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, links to a collection of pictures of protesters calling for the death of George W. Bush. Question: Can anyone find a front page story in the Washington Post or New York Times decrying documenting and decrying such vile political discourse? Threats of violence are newsworthy to the news reporters of the Post and Times, it seems, only when they’re directed against Democrats.
Of course, our critics will tell us it just wasn’t this bad under W, sure a few people called him a “war criminal” (because that’s what he was), but the vitriol was far greater than it is today and the hate rhetoric far more widespread. It’s just that the MSM didn’t cover it as they do today.