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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Iowa caucuses: Should the results force the media out of the race?

CNN’s John King, left, under fire on Twitter for “screen” and “map.” (Rebecca D'Angelo - For the Washington Post)
As the results of the Iowa caucuses flowed onto Twitter on Tuesday night, speculation hovered around a couple of issues. Most pressing, just who won this thing? Was the highly hyped surge for Rick Santorum vigorous enough to push him beyond Mitt Romney? Another: Who would be forced from the race? Michele Bachmann, for instance — Does she really want to replay in New Hampshire the somber scene at her deserted Iowa “party” Tuesday night?

The media wasn’t technically competing in the Iowa caucuses. It was covering them. Yet to judge from reactions on Twitter, the media is the clear loser, the one candidate that must get off the trail before the rest of the party lands in Nashua, Claremont, Lebanon.

Want a taste of this consensus? Behold the negativity in the tweets below. In the interstices, the Erik Wemple Blogger has assigned himself the task of defending his peers with a full throat, no matter the charge against them. We’re playing the role of media apologist, at least for this night. Here goes:

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