So! Not surprisingly, now that the election is over, all the behind-the-scenes dirty laundry is being aired. And by dirty laundry we really mean, how Sarah Palin is solely responsible for ruining John McCain‘s bid for the presidency (watch Campbell Brown‘s excellent take/rant on this after the jump). The other day we directed your attention to Newsweek‘s much talked-about post-election story about Palin’s heretofore unreported behavior, and just yesterday Carl Cameron went on Fox News and said “I wish I could have told you back at the time, but all of it was put off-the-record.” Fair enough. But does observing the off-the-record rule excuse the entirely uncritical nature of the reports that came out about Palin for the better part of the two months she was on the ticket? Andrew Sullivan emphatically disagrees:

But actual reporters were soon finding [Palin's failings] out for themselves – and not even conveying the gist of that to their viewers and readers…They kept taking Palin seriously as a veep candidate when she didn’t come close to even minimal standards for passing a citizenship test. I’m sorry but I think this is a terrible failing, and it is a reason the mainstream media are imploding. They let the rules of the game over-rule their duty to tell the American people the truth as they began to discover it.

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