Neo-neocon, a new blog that I really like (maybe because she's articulate and in the mental health field like myself!) has some interesting thoughts on a "phrase whose time has come" - i.e., "Press Pass" (and no, I don't mean the kind that Jeff Gannon and the White House Press people get). Here is her definition:
the strategic spiking of a story that, if properly investigated, would be likely to reflect poorly on someone the MSM considers a friend or a good guy.
Let's see. How many "press passes" can you identify? Neo-neocon mentions just two:
1. "The NY Times gave a press pass to Eason Jordan for his Davos remarks."
2. "The MSM gave a press pass to John Kerry on his failure to sign a form 180."
Here are a few of mine:
3. "The media gave a press pass to John Kerry on his 'Christmas in Cambodia' story."
4. "The UN Oil-for-Food Scandal has mostly received a press pass by the international media."
5. "All the good news in Iraq gets a press pass in the Mainstream media."
6. "Any news from Afghanistan gets a press pass in the Mainstream media."
I definitely think she's correct--this is a word whose time has come. Any other examples that you can think of, feel free to leave in the comments!