The Washington Post

Message to conservatives: Cut the whining

(Charles Dharapak/AP)

Among the “self-searching questions” that Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard recommends for conservatives following President Obama’s victory:

Should our pundits be allowed to predict elections? I don’t pretend to be nearly as smart on the subject of electoral politics as Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, George Will, and a host of others. And yet some two-and-a-half months ago at the height of Paul Ryan mania, I did one thing in this very space that none of them managed to do. I correctly predicted that Obama would win. And I did it using this old-school method that few on the right seemed to favor this cycle: I read the swing-state polls, and believed them! My advice to the winger punditocracy: stop practicing how to whine about perceived liberal media/pollster bias. Start practicing how to count.

Whatever the wisdom of Labash’s counsel, its implementation could create a gigantic editorial problem. Absent liberal-media kvetching, how to fill all that air time, how to fill all those column inches?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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