Should you care to read one of the most appalling pieces of "mainstream" political journalism ever penned, try Reid Epstein's ... reporting? ... in Politico today, snarkily titled "President Obama's Chicken Little challenge."
Here's a taste, which really should be more than enough:
This time, President Barack Obama warns, the sky really is falling. Really....
[Yet] with a historic default looming, Obama’s doomsdaying is drawing a been-there, heard-that response from much of the country [because sequestration and the shutdown failed--as promised?--to throw us into a Great Depression redux]. More than a few Republican members are publicly skeptical of the risk of failure to raise the debt limit. Polls show a majority of Americans aren’t sold either. And the stock market continues to mostly shrug at the prospect of a default.
Last things first. With today's fleeting news that Congress might actually get its shit together, the stock market rocketed by 323 points. Was that a post-"shrug" reaction? Second, polls, initially at least, always show that the public understands debt ceilings about as well as I understand quantum physics. But the real keeper in Epstein's "analysis" is his observation of "more than a few" Republicans' public skepticism, which, in terms of journalistic value or political exposition, is worth precisely nothing.
In places it seems that Epstein's piece struggles to bemoan the tragedy of democratic ignorance, all the while contributing to it. It's a curious piece, but mostly just appalling.