Chris Matthews of MSNBC was defending his network against the idea that they are in bed with the Obama Administration:
Well, he agrees with us, and we agree with him sometimes.
One might riff on that quote in any number of directions. I think the most interesting word there is “us.” All people, including journalists, have political opinions that one might agree or disagree with. And it is no secret (lots of surveys tell us this) that journalists are more to the left than the average American.
But what Matthews is saying suggests a strong group think, one that is coordinated, shared and enforced. If Obama agrees with us, then we must have a unitary opinion on all things political. I mean, it isn’t logically possible to agree with a group of people unless they all believe the same thing, is it?
Of course this is nothing but completely obvious. It is just unusual for the most recognized voice in the MSNBC one-note choir to come out and say, “we are not even pretending to be a news organization.”