I think in this case media consensus is less significant or telling. I think the speed with which the Bush campaign raised money (or was bankrolled) early on indicated that a significant faction of the ruling class wanted Bush to win and was going all out to make it so. Indeed, the effort to center the Republican Party in order to appeal to more people and pursue a winning campaign tells me that the ruling class has been infected by Clinton fatigue. Now there's a genuine consensus between the ruling class and the masses.
Doug Henwood wrote:
> Michael Perelman wrote:
> >One factor in the coming election is immediate. FAIR reported a
> >study on their
> >radio show indicating that the television network mostly reported about George
> >Bush in a positive light and Al Gore in a negative light. The
> >differences were
> >extraordinarily high.
> The immediate pundit consensus that W had given a fine speech at the
> RepCon made me think the ruling class wants him to win. It was quite
> stunning to cruise the channels and see every talking head saying
> practically the same thing. Do they meet beforehand and decide on a
> common line?