The strangest part of the GOP's moronic war on TelePrompTers is that the same conservatives who so frequently mock President Obama for reading his speeches off of transparent screens will readily recite their own speeches from pieces of paper they have brought with them to the podium, as if that were any more impressive. Nevertheless, the Republican Party has now boxed itself in, relegating itself to note-reading despite its obvious drawbacks. Marco Rubio, who has chided Obama's TelePrompTer use in the past, discovered one of those drawbacks during a foreign-policy speech at the Brookings Institute this afternoon: It's easy to misplace a page.
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A damning self-examination, with some uplift thrown in.Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"If you want to please people, you’re in the wrong line of work."Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
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"If there’s something that one of the candidates did that we learn about in somebody’s memoir in 20 years, that really was essential to understanding who they are — that means we failed, in my view."The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
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"In the atomization of media, audiences find the one that’s most gratifying to them, the one that tells them what they want to hear rather than what they don’t want to hear."The New York Times’ Dean Baquet on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"Print was this beautiful, perfect medium. You had all day to polish it. Speed was not an issue."The American Conservative’s Daniel McCarthy on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"I do think the right has more grounds to complain than the left does."