Punditocracy: Hearing What They Want To Hear

The Hotline’s Marc Ambinder wins the coveted “Wanker of the Day” honor from Atrios today, after Ezra Klein called him out for “pat[ting Sen. Barack] Obama on the back for becoming ‘the first top-tier Democratic presidential candidate to acknowledge that Social Security deficits could not, and would not, be solved without pain.'” — when in fact, Social Security’s finances are actually in decent shape.

Both Atrios and Klein properly whack Ambinder and his fellow pundits for ignoring the facts about Social Security in the name of touting “independence” and “causing pain for middle class voters.”

But Ambinder deserves an extra whack for mischaracterizing Obama’s comments.


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