@AllahPundit: what part of discrediting the MSM don't you understand?
AllahPundit of HotAir posts about CNN's Jon Klein supposedly forbidding Lou Dobbs from covering the Obama citizenship issue (something that Klein has since walked back). In comments he says about this issue:
It’s a useful way for the left to make the right look paranoid. Obama’s shedding no tears seeing it get lots of coverage this week.
He's right about that, but only because I'm one of the few people who's discussing this issue in a completely defensible and fact-based fashion. One of my main goals with my coverage - why I'm spending so much time on it - is in order to discredit the many mainstream media sources that have lied and misled about this issue.
Unfortunately, that's undercut by other "birthers": those who scream "HE WAS BORN IN KENYA!", those who engage in legal arcana that won't be explored unless the MSM is made to explore it, those who engage in speculation without facts to back it up, and so on. That's also undercut by those like Ed Morrissey and AllahPundit who, instead of taking on Media Matters for America and showing how they're wrong, bask in the glow of being declared reasonable by the Beltway establishment.
If AllahPundit were smart, he'd realize this issue for what it is: a golden opportunity to discredit the MSM and force them to improve their coverage. Obviously, he's not able to understand that.
Another thing AllahPundit isn't smart enough to realize is that, no matter how much he, Morrissey, and others try to show how reasonable they are, the Democrats are going to paint the whole Republican Party with the "HE WAS BORN IN KENYA!" brush. The smart way out of that is to undercut those currently leading the campaign against the "birthers" rather than doing as AllahPundit is doing: capitulating to them.