SOMEONE IN the national media just woke up. Consider it an early Christmas present.

From Michael Grunwald of Time magazine:

Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Let’s All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isn’t Full of It

It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn’t cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.

This isn’t just cognitive dissonance. It’s irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don’t want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because I’m more than three weeks old.

Even a Beltway news channel, WUSA9, is running a fiscal cliff scheme countdown clock! It’s the ultimate theater of the absurd. Needless to say, I now no longer watch them for morning news.

In related news, Charles Pierce takes out after Politico, with a hilarious title that fits right in with the rest of this piece.