The "Peter Slevin Award for Mainstream Media Puffery" goes to...
Ripping a page from Mr. Power Glutes himself, I'm announcing a new feature, the awarding of The Peter Slevin Award for Mainstream Media Puffery. The first winner of the award is [...drumroll...] Peter Slevin of the Washington Post, who on February 12 offered "Ebullient Obama Rallies in Madison" (link), a post boiling with the passion of a Barack Obama secular revival meeting/speech:
Tonight, an ebullient Obama rallied an ecstatic crowd of more than 16,000 in Madison, [Wisconsin]... [paragraph from speech]... "This is the new American majority," Obama went on. "This is what change looks like when it comes from the bottom up." [...Slevin analysis...] ...He spoke of Americans unable to afford college, health insurance or a comfortable retirement. He also invoked Wisconsin's past as a cauldron of the Progressive moment, which he said was "rooted in the principal that the voices of the people can speak louder than special interests." ..."He'll be talking about the economy a lot this weekend and in the coming weeks," said senior Obama strategist David Axelrod... [link to full speech at WaPo site]
Needless to say, there's nothing in there pointing out any of the possibly misleading or incomplete statements that Obama doubtless made. If Slevin were a real reporter and not just a transcriptionist and a promoter, he would have pointed out that Obama supports allowing illegal aliens to take college discounts from U.S. citizens via the anti-American DREAM Act, something in sharp contrast to his complaints about college affordability.