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Howard Kurtz sums up the state of cable news in under 140 characters:

Looks like the biggest news Obama is gonna make all week is that presidential seal falling off his lectern. Still seeing it replayed.

Why is it being endlessly replayed? Because it’s the perfect prop for every lazy pundit invested in a narrative about “Obama’s presidency falling apart at the seams” or some such. It’s the killer rabbit of 2010. We are not just ruled by idiots, we are reported on by idiots too.

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