CHICAGO - Perhaps the reason the public's not getting the whole story about ISIS, IRS scandals, Benghazi, the truth about the Veteran's Administration is that in an array of cases, the reporters and media personalities are sleeping with the politicians they're writing about.
Such professional incest may sound like a plot line from House of Cards, but it's reality in Washington D.C.
The latest love story came to light over the weekend when MSNBC's Alex Wagner married White House chef Sam Kass. Other real-life examples of the media cozying up to politicians include former longtime White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is married to ABC newsperson Claire Shipman. NPR’s White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro, is married to Michael Gottlieb, who joined the White House counsel’s office last year.
And those formerly forbidden ties extend beyond the White House. The CNN deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Tom Nides.
In other cases, media-politics connections are blood-related. Both CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood have siblings that work on foreign policy issues for Barack Obama.
And there's more. Little, if any, public disclosure of the intimate relationships between reporters and their story subjects on reports and stories they file.
But what's the big deal? Media-political love affairs have been whispered about for years.
Even in Springfield in the 1990s, State Senator Penny Severns was in a longtime lesbian affair with then-Associated Press' Springfield Bureau chief.
Few dare to criticize, except for one conservative political pundit Mark Steyn who wrote recently, “The inbreeding among Obama’s court and its press corps is more like one of those ‘I’m my own grandpaw’ deals.”
Once known as the "Fourth Estate," serving the public as a part of a healthy system of checks and balances, the mainstream media has secretly moved into the sleeping quarters of the other Three Estates.