Political Animal


October 17, 2012 3:13 PM Above the Pit of Contemporary Journalism

By Ed Kilgore

Like some of you, no doubt, I watched and wrote about last night’s presidential debate under half-protest, annoyed at the hysterically overwrought coverage that treated the event like a WWE cage match. But that’s the media environment we have right now, and it makes me value even more the clear-eyed tradition that the founder of the Washington Monthly followed and promoted.

As mentioned in earlier posts, the Monthly is seeking to preserve and draw attention to Charles Peters’ legacy through a film, How Washington Really Works: The Life and Times of Charlie Peters. There’s a trailer for the film up on the site, along with a means for contributing to its final editing costs (we’re just over half-way to our goal). It’s a small but important way to help ensure that political journalism does not completely descend into the pit.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Hue and Cry on October 17, 2012 9:21 PM:

    i thought the media environment favored Obama and the debate did feel like a psychology experiment of two trapped in a circle of their own making.
    It was clear that the president prevailed and the republican candidate was the lesser alpha male.
    As evidenced by my psych background---can't help it.