New York Times headline this morning: Daschle Takes Parting Shot as Congress Breaks. The mid-term election is close at hand. This round-up of political battles does little to help citizens understand the issues. Speaking of the close divide in Congress following the 2000 election, reporter Alison Mitchell writes:
From the start, the central question was whether the split decision of the voters would lead to sharp partisan deadlock or a pragmatic period of centrist compromise.
She fails to assert for whom that is the central question. The answer: the press. Because of the structural biases of journalism, the press looked at the 107th Congress and saw only potential conflict. Issues became points of conflict. Policy? Its effects on citizens? Boring.