Columnist Thomas Sowell on the media and the election:

“The implications of this election reach beyond the government. The election results demonstrate that the mainstream media has lost its power to control what the public will know and not know. If there were not alternative media like talk radio, Fox News and the Internet, the public would have heard nothing but pro-Kerry spin masquerading as news.

Dan Rather’s forged documents were just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Ted Koppel’s contrived ‘ambush journalism’ against John O’Neill of the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth was more clever, but no less sleazy. Chris Matthews’ shouting down and browbeating Michelle Malkin on Hardball was not his finest hour either.”