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The Media’s Comey Obsession Proves Politics Is All About Them By Ben Shapiro

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For decades, we’ve been living under the misimpression, purveyed by our media elites, that politics revolves around the president. First, it was Bill Clinton; then it was George W. Bush; then it was Barack Obama; now, it’s Donald Trump. All matters of policy and rhetoric must be filtered through the prism of the man occupying the Oval Office.

But this executive-centric vision of the political universe is completely wrong. We’ve been subjected to a pre-Copernican political model. In reality, the actual center of gravity around which all politics revolves are the media themselves. The stories we see are promoted by the media; the stories we don’t are buried by them. The figures we admire are touted by the media; the figures we hate are ripped by them. Members of the media will suggest that this is merely a responsive mechanism: that they give us the facts, we react to those facts, and they react to our reactions. But that simply isn’t true. The media shape the news cycle.

That’s most obvious this week in light of the media’s blanket coverage of former FBI director James Comey’s book. Now there’s a lot of real news to be covered, and the media are covering it – but they’re certainly spending an inordinate amount of time on Comey’s dud…

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