- “Obama, GOP Trade Barbs at Meeting”
- “President Obama Rumbles with House GOP”
- “President Obama Slams Republican Obstructionists at GOP Issues Retreat”
- “Obama Gets Grilled at GOP Meeting”
“Barbs,” “rumbles,” “slams,” “grilled.” It seems the media has a rich vocabulary for expressing hostility, rage, and open warfare, and they’re always eager to use it. After all, the media can’t help being about entertainment, and everyone knows that tension and suspense are necessary to make a good story.
But as people begin to digest the reality of what happened yesterday—an open, respectful, grown-up, adult-adult exchange of ideas and perceptions between the executive and legislative branches of government—the headlines are changing:
- “Obama Speaks at House Republican Retreat”
- “Obama, House Republicans Debate Their Divisions”
- “Obama Visits GOP Retreat”
“Speaks,” “debate,” “visits.” Speaking with one another, debating issues, visiting back and forth. Aw—now isn’t that nice?
Yep, the media loves a good fight—and none more than Fox News. Its main products, after all, are rage and righteous indignation. If all this warm fuzzy stuff catches on in Washington, Fox may be out of business one of these days.
And wouldn’t that be nice?