Just popped into WaPo to ask a question about why cable tv is so anti-stimulus:
Rochester, N.Y.: Is the debate over the stimulus package shaping up to be a bit like the debate over the impeachment of president Clinton, where media elites are on one side — against the stimulus — and the American public is on the other — for the stimulus? Aside from one partisan Rasmussen poll, polls consistently show support for Obama and House Democrats on the stimulus, but nearly everyone on TV and in the opinion pages is on the Republican side.
Robert Barnes: I’m afraid I’m going to have to disagree with your premise. Seems more likely to me that the polls show one thing but the constituent calls to congressional offices against the stimulus are showing something else.
Update: This is funny too from the same Q&A.
Dunn Loring, Va.: Do the Post editors get together and decide what question their reporters should ask at a presidential news conference, or did Michael Fletcher come up with his question about A-Rod on his own? If the latter, how much longer while he be on the White House beat?
Robert Barnes: I don’t know how Michael decided to ask that question, but he’s certainly got people talking. From what I see reading the papers or watching tv, there is a lot of interest in the A-Rod story, so what’s wrong with getting Obama’s reaction? I know when I was a kid, about the only way I would have read about the president was if he showed up in the sports section.
Stafford, Va.: How about that hard hitting A-Rod question from your Post colleague? Was that really more important than asking about AIDs funding, Zimbabwe, global warming, Venezuala, NAFTA, lack of NATO assistance with Afghanistan and a host of other issues?
Robert Barnes: But I feel I should give voice to the other side.